On Wednesday Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen provided some tips on making your voting experience fast and painless. Jacque sat down with KENS 5 reporter Sue Calberg for a quick trip around the Elections website.
Sue: So everybody is psyched to vote now so I'm with Jacque Callanen at the voter registration office. Being educated and getting it done ahead of time, it's easier than ever?
Jacque: Absolutely! It's just a few clicks away.
Sue: So we're going to walk through it so everyone knows how easy it is. All you have to do is put in your date of birth? And your house number?
Jacque: Exactly. First go to our website: Elections.Bexar.org and bring up that. Then, on the homepage, you will see 'find your sample ballot and polling location.' They can check. If they are unsure that they are registered, we have a different little application on there to check your voter registration first. And then you move on to find my poll site and let me see my sample ballot.
Sue: And the sample ballot is super easy.
Jacque: Yes. It is. Yes. And it's specific for the people you will get to vote for. The large yellow sample ballots that we have all around the county are generic, for lack of a better term, and so they list all the state reps, not just the one you are eligible to vote for. So we want people to come here, do a little bit of homework so that when they step into the booth, they're not going to be standing there going 'oh I didn't know this person was on my ballot, you know. I didn't know. They don't know anything about them. Take some time to get ready.
Sue: And then go vote early!
Jacque: Go vote early! I love that, Sue! Yes! It starts Monday at 8 a.m. We'll be at 43 sites. And again, go to our website. We have the times. We have the locations.
Sue: It's a map, isn't it? All you have to do is pull up the map and?
Sue: You know if it's by your house or your work and you can go anywhere during early voting!
Jacque: During early voting. Go at lunch time. Go after work. Before work. Take advantage of early voting! We're open on the weekend. We're open for 12 hours on Saturday and six hours on Sundays. Just try and get to one of our 43 voting locations for early voting. That will stay open until 8 p.m. November 4, which is a Friday.
Sue: So if you end up stuck in a line on Election Day, you have nobody to blame but yourself.
www.Elections.Bexar.org is the link to the website.