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Vote-by-mail applications due Oct. 23

Vote-by-mail applications due Oct. 23 - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Ballot by mail hand delivery clerk Daniel Chastain takes a ballot at a drive-through ballot drop off location at the Travis County Tax Office in Austin, Texas, on Thursday Oct. 1, 2020. ( Jay Janner /Austin American-Statesman via AP)

*Mail in ballot guide video by Gabrielle Tellez 

Bexar County residents will be eligible to vote by mail this November if they will be outside of Bexar County during early voting and Election Day; are sick or disabled; are 65 years of age or older on Election Day; or are incarcerated.

The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is Oct. 23.

Interested residents can confirm their eligibility by reviewing the absentee ballot application online or by contacting Jacquelyn F. Callanen, Bexar County Elections Administrator, at 210-335-8683.

Applications for mail-in, or absentee, ballots can be requested at any San Antonio Public Library or found on the Bexar County website to be printed and mailed from home.

Voters should be prepared to provide information such as a full address, name, date of birth and other contact information.

Applications for the Nov. 3 election should be submitted by mail or in-person no later than Oct. 23 to the Bexar County Elections Office, 1103 S. Frio, Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78207.

Voting by mail 

Once the application is submitted, eligible voters will then receive a ballot by mail. Completed ballots should be mailed to the Early Voting Clerk, 1103 S. Frio, Suite 200, San Antonio, TX 78207.

The Early Voting Clerk must receive marked ballot by 7 p.m on Election Day, so it is highly recommended that voters complete and mail their ballots before Nov. 3.

According to an election notice released by the Bexar County Elections Office, “mail-in voters may also drop off ballots in person.” 

These voters should expect to bring a form of ID along with their sealed absentee ballot to the Bexar County Elections Office by 7 p.m on Nov. 3.

To vote using mail-in ballots, voters must follow the guidelines that their state requires for this way of voting. For example, in California, Nevada, New Jersey, and Vermont, have sent mail-in ballots to all their residents automatically.

New York, New Hampshire, and a few other states have suspended the need for an excuse to obtain an absentee ballot. Voters in these states are allowed to use COVID-19 as a valid excuse to vote by mail, whereas Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Indiana need an excuse beyond COVID-19 to request a mail-in ballot. 

If you are requesting a mail-in ballot you must request it from your local election office and you should request it as far in advance as possible. 

 When the ballot arrives voters are to read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it before the deadline. 

For more information on mail-in voting and eligibility, contact Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacquelyn F. Callanen at 210-335-8683 or visit bexar.org/1568/Elections-Department

About the Authors

Gabrielle Tellez
Gabrielle Tellez
Social Media Editor
Gabrielle Tellez is a communications junior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Social Media Editor at the Mesquite, minoring in English studies and specializing in digital marketing. When she isn't writing witty captions for social media, Tellez flexes her creative muscles by creating digital art using the latest design software. Certified in marketing strategies and local tourism, Tellez hopes to pursue her passions without straying too far from her beloved home of San Antonio.
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Kimberly Desiree Vera
Social Media Editor
Kimberly Desiree Vera is a communications senior with a minor in coaching. She has an associate degree in advertising and public relations. After spring graduation in 2021, she plans to obtain a master’s degree in speech pathology while working as a speech teacher and coaching softball. Kimberly is a mother of one and works full time for a company that assists with the pandemic. She has an extensive background in communication and public relations as she has worked closely in the public relations department for Money Concepts in 2018. In her spare time she enjoys being a mom to her newborn son and wife to her new husband, she also enjoys singing and leading worship in her church and playing the guitar.

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