SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen could not have been any happier about how things turned out for Tuesday’s Texas primary runoff election.
“We had a great election today,” she told reporters at a news conference Tuesday night about two hours after the polls closed. “It was a success.”
Callanen said as of 7 p.m., about 31,600 people, or 10%, turned out to cast a ballot, which she said is an outstanding number for a primary runoff.
She was also pleased that 25% of polling sites had already reported their ballots, which was a far cry from the March orimary, when election software caused problems with tabulating ballots into the early hours of the following morning.
Callanen thanked election officials at polling sites for working the election despite concerns about COVID-19. She said she plans to send out a survey to those officials to find out how things went at their polling site, did they feel safe and what items were needed that they didn’t have.
She said there will be “lessons learned” from Tuesday’s election that will go a long way in how her office prepares for the November general election in light of the pandemic.