Municipal Election 2021- Dates, Locations, and Ballot Measures



Municipal Election 2021


Local elections are even more important than state and national ones, yet voter turnout drops significantly. Whatever the reason, this election is too important to skip. The persons elected into office will make decisions that will affect all San Antonio residents whether they vote or not.


Here at Southwest Workers Union, our staff and board of directors encourage you to go out and vote. Lives are on the line. It’s not a catchphrase, it’s the truth. The pandemic is not over. The worsening impacts of the climate crisis continue and bring unknown perils like those seen during the winter storm that left most of San Antonio in the dark and in the cold. With police accountability on the ballot, the outcome of this election will determine how our city mitigates climate, social and racial justice. Who do you want to represent you and make decisions for you when our lives are on the line?


So what’s on the line?


Your ballot will include races for Mayor and your district’s City Councilperson; a ballot proposition addressing collective bargaining rights of the San Antonio Police Department; a proposed charter amendment allowing more flexibility in how the city uses bond dollars; and depending where you live, races for School Board trustees.



CITY COUNCIL

appoints City Manager

passes resolutions and ordinances

adopts budget

appoints advisory boards

focuses on provision and efficiency of basic city services, land use and development, infrastructure improvements, and economic development, among other issues.


MAYOR

presides over City Council meetings

appoints task forces as needed

presides over city ceremonies

represents the city in state, national & international affairs.

CITY MANAGER (appointed by City Council)

responsible for administration of the city

supervises city departments

implements policy decisions

prepares budget for City Council adoption and is responsible for its administration

appoints/removes officers & employees in the administrative service of the city not appointed by City Council.


Voters don’t elect the City Manager. This position of public trust is appointed by the City Council, however the search and hiring process is done under the public eye, and voters can make their opinions known to their councilmembers.


You can vote at any Bexar County polling location, both during Early Voting, April 19-27, and on Election Day, May 1




IMPORTANT DATES


Monday, April 19, 2021 FIRST DAY of Early Voting by personal appearance.


Tuesday, April 20, 2021 5pm - Deadline for Bexar County to receive an Application for a Mail Ballot. Friday,


April 23, 2021 The Office of the City Clerk and all Municipal Offices will be OPEN.


Tuesday, April 27, 2021 LAST DAY of Early Voting by personal appearance.


Saturday, May 1, 2021 ELECTION DAY FROM 7AM TO 7PM.

SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2021 RUN-OFF ELECTION, IF NECESSARY


IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES Thursday, May 6, 2021 LAST DAY to register to vote with Bexar County for the June 5, 2021 Run-off Election. Application must be postmarked no later than this day.

Monday, May 24, 2021 FIRST DAY of Early Voting by personal appearance for the June 5, 2021 Run-off Election.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 5pm - Deadline for Bexar County to receive an Application for a Mail Ballot for the June 5, 2021 Run-off Election.

Monday, May 31, 2021 HOLIDAY. The Office of the City Clerk and all Municipal Offices will be CLOSED.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 LAST DAY of Early Voting by personal appearance for the June 5, 2021 Run-off Election.

Saturday, June 5, 2021 ELECTION DAY FROM 7AM TO 7PM.



WAYS TO VOTE


VOTE BY MAIL BY APRIL 20



Requirements are any of the following

65 years or older

Sick or Disability.

Expected to be out of the county on election day.

Confinement in jail but eligible to vote.


If you apply to vote by mail, your application must be received, not postmarked, by April 20.

Applications delivered in person must be received by April 16.

You can get an application to vote by mail: by phone—call 210-335-8683 to request a form, online—print an application at elections.bexar.org or in person—at Bexar County Elections Dept.

After you've received and completed your vote by mail application, send it to Bexar County Elections Early Voting Clerk 1103 S. Frio St., Suite 200

San Antonio, TX 78207-6328

Once you’ve received your mail in ballot, a completed mail ballot must be returned to the Bexar County Clerk’s Office in the Official Carrier Envelope provided to you in any of the following manners:


Regular residential mail via United States Postal Service.

In-person drop off at Bexar County Elections Office 1103 S. Frio

You will be asked to show an acceptable photo ID. A ballot will be mailed to you. Complete and return it as early as possible.

Ballot Deadline: Ballots sent by mail must be postmarked by 7 p.m. May 1 and received before 5 p.m. on May 3 at the Bexar County Elections Department. You can deliver your own ballot in person to the Bexar County Elections Department only on Election Day, Saturday, May 1, 7a.m.–7 p.m. You will be asked to show acceptable photo ID.

Note:The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that voters can take their lack of immunity into consideration when determining whether, considered along with other health factors, they qualify as having a disability, and thus, qualifying them for a mail-in ballot. The Supreme Court also said county election officials have no responsibility to question or investigate a mail-in ballot application that is valid on its face.


For additional information, please call 210-335-0362.