Bexar County polling sites averaging 7,500 voters an hour on Election Day; issues surround new printers – KSAT San Antonio

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SAN ANTONIO – In the first hours of Election Day, Bexar County polling locations are averaging about 7,500 voters an hour — a number lower than the expectations from the elections department.

A total of 19,038 people in Bexar County have voted on Election Day so far, the elections department said just before 10 a.m.

The busiest polling locations have about 300 voters so far, while the slowest polling location — the Alamo Stadium Convocation Center — has only had nine voters, Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said.

The busiest sites on Election Day include the Great Northwest Library, the Julia Yates Semmes Library, the Encino Library and the Brookehollow Library, she said.

Callanen said she hoped for 175,000 voters in-person on Election Day.

“We’ll see. If we stay at that 7,500, we won’t make it,” she said. “But we had a wonderful early voting turnout as you all know.”

The department has seen 75,000 mail-in ballots so far — a “dramatic increase” from past elections, she said. Ballots are expected to be counted throughout Wednesday.

More than 681,000 Bexar County residents — 57% of eligible voters — voted early in the 2020 election, breaking records and shattering the raw vote number from 2016.

Callanen said technology issues revolved around a new system with new printers, as some laptops are older and don’t have enough ports. She said some judges were not familiar with the hubs, but technicians are out in the field and will circle throughout polling places throughout the day.

One polling place that had that problem is the Copernicus Community Center at 5003 Lord Road.

Callanen asked voters to be respectful and wear a mask, although they are not required to vote. She added that one person wearing a political mask, shirt and hat was not allowed to vote until he removed the items.

In that case, a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched. Callanen did not say the location of the polling place.

“We will get through this if everyone stays respectful,” she said. “We have a long way to go but it is going well.”

Polls at more than 300 voting locations in Bexar County will stay open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday. A reminder that voters can cast a ballot at any polling place this year, unlike previous presidential election cycles.

Have you encountered any problems at the polls? Let KSAT know in this story.

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