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Before you send in your mail ballot understand what the new law requires

If you are one of our mail ballot voters, you may have received your ballot for the election May 7.  Shortly you will also receive a ballot for the Republican Primary Run-Off election if you requested annual ballots for all elections.

Here are steps to follow before you return your marked ballot to the Bexar County Elections Department.

Once you have marked your mail ballot and sealed it in the white secrecy envelope and are ready to put it into the carrier-envelope to return it, please be sure you have followed all the instructions to ensure your ballot conforms to the new requirements of Texas Law.

STOP… before you seal the envelope and sign it.

Double-check to make sure you have added the additional information required by the new law passed by the State Legislature last year.  ON THE REVERSE OF THE CARRIER-ENVELOPE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING:

  1. In the middle of the carrier (return) envelope on the backside under the flap, you will see TWO  lines that ask you to provide information. The first line includes a space where you will add your driver’s license or Texas personal ID number; the next space is where you provide the last four digits of your social security number. The second line includes a space where you can provide us with your telephone number and your email address, so if we have any questions, we can get in touch with you.
  2. Please do not skip this step. If you do not provide either your driver’s license/ID number or the last four digits of your social security number to match the number you used when you registered to vote, we will be unable to process your ballot so your vote can be counted. I recommend that you put both numbers to improve the odds of success.
  3.  Next, look at the large envelope flap, and you will see two glue strips to seal the mail ballot carrier envelope. If you look carefully, you will see that the two places seal on top and below where you just placed your information.
  4. If you have added the information required, then seal the envelope in two places and sign it.
  5.  Add your stamp and return it to the Bexar County Elections Department.
  6. If you do not provide your driver’s license/ID number or the last four digits of your social security number whichever matches the information on file, your ballot cannot be accepted and you may be notified by mail or phone how to provide the information needed to complete processing of your mail ballot.
  7. If you follow your ballot processing in the Secretary of State online tracker, you can provide the missing required information online or you can come in person to the Bexar County Elections Department at 1103 S. Frio Street,  to file a correction form within the allotted time.  Deadline is 5:00 p.m. on the 6th day after election day (May 13 for the Saturday, May 7 election and May 31 for the May 24 primary runoff election).
  8. Mail Ballots may only be delivered on Election Day between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and only at the Bexar County Elections Department.  Only THE VOTER, with a photo ID, may hand-deliver their own ballot.

Otherwise, they must be returned by mail or by common or contact carrier (i.e. UPS or  FEDEX).

Carol Van De Walle is the Republican Election Judge for Mail-In Ballots (Early Voting Ballot Board)

Republican Party of Bexar County Chairman, John Austin, Announced a New Program

For Immediate Release
March 22, 2022
Republican Party of Bexar County Chairman, John Austin, announced a program to be held at party headquarters on Wednesday evening, March 23. Activist Amy Hedtke, who has opposed bonds throughout Texas, will deliver a presentation on why voters should oppose both the 1.2- billion-dollar city bond and the $992,000,000 Northside ISD bond.
In addition to the two constitutional amendments on the May 7 ballot, Bexar County will have several local city council and school board elections, as well as voting on large bonds. Chairman John Austin said, “As I have told the media already, I’m voting against these bonds and asking my friends and supporters to do the same. This is a bad time for many families, and local government may have to scale back some plans until the economy improves.”
Austin continued, “Prominent proponents of the bond, like our mayor, won’t tell voters that existing debt, according to the state Comptroller, is over $6000 for every resident of the county – much higher than Harris County and our per capita income in Bexar is about $25,000 a year.
Dallas and Fort Worth have half this much debt per capita, and the only city that has a comparable level of debt is Austin, where per capita income is over $40,000 a year.”
As Bexar GOP Chairman I have the legal responsibility to conduct a Primary Election so Republican voters can select our nominees. And I encourage our voters to participate and affect the outcome of those measures on the May 7 ballot,” said Austin. “I’m speaking out against the bonds just as we did against Proposition B last year. Fighting these bond issues, fighting Proposition B and hosting the property tax training last year are not typical Party business, but they are issues that most Republicans can unite around.”
-end 4 Republicans, 1 Democrat vie for party’s nomination in March primary in Texas House District 122

Winner in November General Election will succeed Republican Lyle Larson who has held seat since 2010

SAN ANTONIO – Get more election news on KSAT’s Vote 2022 page.

Five potential successors are lining up for the reliably Republican House seat in District 122, which covers parts of northern Bexar County.

After serving in the Texas House for more than a decade, Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) has decided not to seek reelection.

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Texas Public Radio: Trish DeBerry and Nathan Buchanan face off in GOP primary for Bexar County Judge

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff announced in October he would not seek reelection for a sixth term in 2022, so the race is on to replace him with seven GOP and Democratic candidates in the running.

Just two candidates are on the Republican primary ballot: Trish DeBerry and Nathan Buchanan.

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Easy to Vote, Hard to Cheat: A look at Mail-in Ballots

When any government makes a change, there is often good news and bad news.

That adage applies to the new Texas Election Integrity law which went into effect on December 2, 2021,* which has added several complications to the mail ballot application process this year.

First, the good news, the tagline for this law was: “easy to vote and hard to cheat.” In order to get to the “hard to cheat” part, there are some challenges along the way.

The first is to ensure that all registered voters have two documents on file at their county elections office: either their state-issued driver’s license number or personal ID number AND the last four digits of their social security number.

In our very mobile society – which means updating your voter registration when you move – many voters already have checked off that box and are compliant with this new law.

However, for seniors who are 65 years or older and have not moved in more than 20 years, voting by mail may present a challenge this year. Once Elections has this extra information, it will be easy to vote by mail like in previous years. However, changes in this new law will force Elections to reject your mail ballot request if this information is not on file with their office.

The deadline to request mail ballots is February 18, so there is plenty of time. However, because these extra steps add additional processing time this year, don’t wait until the last day.

Take care of this as soon as possible by following the directions here exactly as written, and it should be an easy process.

There are two scenarios here – voters who can print forms at home and voters who need to request forms from the Bexar County Elections Department.

Option 1: If you can print forms, download the mail ballot application at Bexar County Elections HERE and a voter registration application from the state HERE. Complete BOTH forms and send both forms to Bexar County Elections, 1103 S. Frio, Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78207.

Option 2: If you cannot print forms, you can request them from the Bexar County Elections Office. Either call 210-335-8683 or fax 210-335-0371 with your request. They will provide you with both forms.

Once Elections has mailed both forms to you, and you have received the forms, follow the directions for Option 1 and mail the two forms back to Bexar County Elections.

Before mailing to the Bexar County Elections Office, three things to double-check before dropping your mail ballot request envelope in the mail:

1.     Be sure to provide Elections with your phone number and email (so if there are any questions), they will be able to contact you and save valuable processing time.

2.    Make sure BOTH the mail ballot request form AND voter registration form are sent in the SAME envelope.

3.    On your mail ballot form, make sure you request GOP primary AND GOP primary run-off.

Remember if you only send a mail ballot request to the Elections Office and they do not have your driver’s license or personal ID number AND the last four digits of your social security number in their file, they must reject your mail ballot request, send you new forms, and you will have to fill the forms out again and re-send to the Elections Office.

This year: remember to always include your phone number AND email with all correspondence.

*If the Democrats had not abandoned their legislative duties last year, this law would have gone into effect sooner last fall, and everyone would have had more time to adjust to the new requirements regarding mail ballot applications in the new Election Integrity law.

Republican Party of Texas Files Amicus Brief Supporting Attorney General’s Authority to Prosecute Election Fraud

Austin, TX, Release: January 19, 2021 — For Immediate Release

The Republican Party of Texas (RPT) filed an Amicus Brief in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals asking the court to grant a rehearing of the Stephens v. State case, in which the court rendered an opinion stripping the Texas Attorney General of his long-standing statutory authority to prosecute election law violations including election fraud.

With its opinion, the Court of Criminal Appeals broke with over a century of Texas Supreme Court precedent and reversed an appellate court’s bipartisan decision upholding the Attorney General’s authority to prosecute election fraud. The Texas Legislature further emphasized that authority most recently in Senate Bill 1, the election integrity bill. This opinion circumvents the work of the Texas Legislature and affects the security, fairness, and integrity of elections in Texas. 

The brief filed by the RPT states, in part, 

“In 1951, the Texas Legislature assigned the right to originate criminal prosecutions for election violations to the Attorney General. This right to prosecute did not usurp the authority of Article V prosecutors. Instead, the law emphasized the state’s desire to maintain lawful elections. In 2021, the Texas Legislature revised Texas election laws in response to public concern about election integrity and included the Attorney General as the enforcement centerpiece in the Election Integrity Protection Act of 2021. 

Now, in one stroke, this Court has discarded over a century of Texas jurisprudence and carefully crafted legislation that upholds and accentuates the authority of the Attorney General to ‘perform such other duties as may be required by law.’ Tex. Const. art. IV, § 22.”