Runoff early voting turnout higher than average despite COVID-19

With the last day of early voting upon us, just over 42,000 individuals have cast their votes in the July 14 Joint Primary Runoff Election. Turnout is higher than normal for a primary runoff despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bexar County Elections Department has taken numerous steps to ensure voters feels safe at the polls. Hand sanitizer is being provided, plexiglass dividers have been installed, and pencils or other small tools are being distributed to avoid voters having to touch screens on voting machines. While face coverings at voting locations were exempt from the Governor’s Executive Order 29, they are strongly encouraged.

The Bexar County ballot has six Republican and 12 Democratic races. Some of the most high-profile races include the Democratic runoff for U.S. Senate, runoff for Bexar County Republican and Democratic Chair, Democratic runoff for Senate District 19, Republican runoff for County Commissioner Precinct 3, Democratic runoff for County Commissioner Precinct 1, and Republican Runoff for Congressional District 23.

The Chamber firmly believes that civic engagement and participation in the political process is a vital component of our community’s success. It is critical that all San Antonians are civically engaged and vote. If you care about the future of your city, state, and country, then hit the polls. If you do not think your vote counts – it does. Now is the time to make your voice heard and help elect the candidates you feel will move our city, state, and country in the right direction.

We encourage you to get out and vote safely this primary runoff election. Voting safely means wearing your face covering, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands.

You still have a chance to vote. Election Day is Tuesday, July 14, and polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. For a list of polling locations, click here. To view the Democratic Party Sample Ballot, click here. To view a Republican Party Sample Ballot, click here.

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