Does a candidate's previous voting history affect your willingness to support them? Did you know that a candidate's voting history and even your voting history is a matter of public record?
Well... it is, and it has become a subject of contention in one local election.
Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau is bringing attention to the nearly non-existent voting history of her opponent Javier Salazar.
Sheriff Pamerleau released Salazar's official voting records which show a lack of voting history until November 2015.
"While I may not have the strongest voting record, I'm proud to say that I have a strong record of serving this community in law enforcement honorably for 23 years," Salazar said.
Pamerleau said that his responsibility to the community is more than just service in law enforcement.
"We have a civic duty to vote," said Sheriff Pamerleau, "but my opponent has never voted in his entire life until last November. That doesn't say very much about one's civic duty and responsibility to our community."
Pamerleau has also drawn attention to Salazar's campaign manager, Robert Vargas III, who chastised a man on Facebook for his lack of voting history saying, "Boy! What a disgrace!"
Many people don't realize that records with a person's voting history — not who they voted for, but whether they voted — are a matter of public record; so are mail-in ballot requests. Campaigns get and use that data to target frequent voters or those who have requested a mail ballot because those individuals are more likely to vote.
According to Cindy Duarte, Voter Registration Coordinator, in Bexar County, you may acquire your own voting history by going to the Bexar County Elections office located at 1103 South Frio, and filling out a public information request form.
You may also check your registration by clicking here.