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UTSA employees and students endorsing early voting
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Your civic duty: Convenient early voting at UTSA

By Marianne McBride Lewis
Director of Public Affairs

(May 2, 2008)--If you are a voter registered in Bexar County, you can early-vote at UTSA. Early voting for the Joint General and Special Elections is through May 6 at the Main Building ground floor lobby on the 1604 Campus. In lot 4, the university provides free designated parking for citizens who come to early-vote. By Wednesday, the UTSA polling site recorded the eighth busiest location of the Bexar County early-voting polling stations.

>> Download a brochure (PDF format) with information on the Joint General and Special Elections.

On May 10, Bexar County residents will have the opportunity to decide if Bexar County's short-term car rental and hotel occupancy taxes, also known as the "visitor tax," should be extended to fund up to $415 million in community projects. It is important to note that even though there are four propositions, only the two taxes would be extended.

The location and number of early voting sites is different ach election. For the May 10, 2008, Bexar County election, there are 45 early voting sites. For the last five years, Jennifer Storm, UTSA assistant director of external affairs, has served as university liaison with voting officials as they determine where to set up early voting polling sites.

Over the years, UTSA Student Government Association (SGA) leaders consistently have sought a UTSA voting site because of student requests. SGA and UTSA Alumni Association representatives say that an on-campus early-voting site encourages students to do their civic duty by voting and getting involved in the political process.

"Half of UTSA's 28,500 students live in Bexar County, and when you add in our 5,000 or so faculty and staff, UTSA is the size of a small city," said Storm. "Plus, we have Valero's corporate headquarters right next door and lots of residents within a mile or so of the 1604 Campus. The more people who take advantage of UTSA early voting, the more likely we can continue to offer this convenience."

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Bexar County early voting

Early voting dates and hours are:
Monday, April 28-Friday, May 2 -- 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, May 3 -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, May 4 -- Noon-6 p.m.
Monday, May 5-Tuesday, May 6 -- 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Download a sample ballot (PDF format).

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Joint General and Special Election issues

Bexar County residents not early-voting will can decide May 10 if Bexar County's short-term car rental and hotel occupancy taxes, known as the "visitor tax," should be extended to fund up to $415 million in community projects. It is important to note that even though there are four propositions, only the two taxes would be extended.

If approved, the projects included in the four propositions will be funded by the visitor tax to improve 13 miles of the San Antonio River, create tournament-quality youth sports facilities including some to be located at UTSA, improve Bexar County-owned community arenas and rodeo grounds, and enhance performing and cultural arts facilities.

Bexar County -- Venue Project Election Proposition 1, 2, 3 and 4
Alamo Community College District -- Trustees District 3, 8 and 9
Alamo Heights ISD -- Place 3 and 4
Boerne ISD -- Board Trustee Place 6 and 7
Judson ISD -- Board of Trustee Place 6 and 7
North East ISD -- General Election Trustee 1,4 and 6
East Central ISD -- Bond Election
City of Castle Hills -- Alderman Place 1, 4 and 5
City of Converse -- City Council Place 2, 4, 5 and 6 and Charter Amendment
City of Fair Oaks Ranch -- Mayor, Alderman Place 1 and 2 and Proposition 1, 2, 3 and 4
City of Helotes -- Alderman Place 1, 2 and 4
City of Live Oak -- Mayor and City Council Place 2 and 4
City of Leon Valley -- Mayor and Council Place 2 and 4
City of Universal City -- Mayor and City Council
Trinity Glen Rose Groundwater Conservation District -- Director District 1 and 2
Bexar County -- Emergency Services District Proposition 10, 11 and 12

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