Early voting in San Antonio ends today

Voters enter the Lions Field Adult and Senior Center on the first day of early voting in April 2018. The Lions Field, located at 2809 Broadway, is a popular early voting site, year in and year out. More than 1,600 people have cast ballots there during early voting for this year’s May 4 city elections.

Today is the last day of early voting for the San Antonio City Council, numerous school boards and suburban cities.

Polls are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 40 sites across the city, including most public libraries. Unlike election day, voters don’t have to go to their specific voting precinct to cast a ballot during early voting.

More than 11,500 people voted Monday, bringing the total to 46,602 since early voting began April 22.

Election day is Saturday.

On ExpressNews.com: Everything you need to know about early voting

Mayor Ron Nirenberg is seeking re-election, facing a challenge from Councilman Greg Brockhouse, along with seven lesser-known candidates.

Seven incumbent council members are seeking reelection; three seats are open.

A complete list of candidates is available on the city’s website, sanantonio.gov

Alamo Heights Independent School District has one contested race on its ballot; Harlandle ISD has three. Judson ISD has three contested races and Northside ISD also has three. San Antonio ISD has three contested seats and Southside ISD has four.

On ExpressNews.com: Teachers’ union gets active in San Antonio ISD board elections

Several suburban cities also are having city council elections, including: Balcones Heights, Castle Hills, Elmendorf, Hollywood Park, Leon Valley, Olmos Park, Shavano Park, Somerset and Universal City.

In addition to deciding one contested alderman race, Shavano Park’s voters are being asked whether the city should continue its crime control and prevention district for another five years and the sale tax that funds it.

Helotes and Kirby don’t have any council races on their ballots, but they are asking their respective voters whether to reauthorize the local sales tax of a quarter penny for street maintenance. Kirby also is asking its voters whether its crime control and prevention district should be continued along with its sales tax.

Windcrest is having a special election on 15 charter amendments, prompted by confusing recall efforts last year.

On ExpressNews.com: Windcrest voters to decide on recall procedures in May

To vote, take a photo ID and your voter registration card to expedite the process. Acceptable IDs include a passport, a Texas driver’s license and a Texas Department of Public Safety-issued personal identification card, among others. These IDs are acceptable even if they’re expired, so long as they’re not more than four years out of date. For voters who are 70 or older, the four-year limit doesn’t apply. To see a full description of the ID requirements, go to bexar.org/elections

If a voter doesn’t have one of the approved photo IDs and can’t reasonably obtain one, there are several other ways to establish identification, including a current utility bill with the correct address, a bank statement or government check, among other documents. But these voters must sign a reasonable impediment declaration. Visit sos.state.tx.us for complete details.

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