Here's your voting guide for May 7 elections in South Texas

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Texas will hold a joint constitutional amendment election on May 7. Voters in Texas will decide on two state propositions, and many local entities, including cities and school districts, are also holding elections. Find out what’s on the ballot, early voting locations, Election Day voting locations and other information for voters in Nueces, San Patricio, Aransas and Kleberg counties.

What are the key voting dates in Texas?

The last day to register to vote was Thursday, April 7.

Early voting begins Monday, April 25, and ends Tuesday, May 3.

If you are voting by mail, your application to vote by mail must be received (not postmarked) by Tuesday, April 26. Mail ballots must be received by Saturday, May 7.

Election Day is Saturday, May 7.

A sign advertises an early voting polling location at the Nueces County Courthouse in Corpus Christi, Oct. 20, 2021.
A sign advertises an early voting polling location at the Nueces County Courthouse in Corpus Christi, Oct. 20, 2021.

Are there any new voting laws in Texas?

Yes. The Texas Legislature passed three new rules pertaining to mail-in voting. They are:

  • Pregnant women expected to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day may now vote by mail.

  • Voters may now hand-deliver their ballot application to the county clerk’s office (not later than the 11th day before Election Day).

  • Voters will now have to provide either their Texas identification card, driver's license, election identification certificate number OR the last four digits of their Social Security number on both their ballot application and carrier envelope. Your application and/or ballot will be rejected if the information is not provided or does not match the information on file.

Am I registered to vote in Texas?

You can check on the Texas secretary of state website at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/ to see if you are registered to vote. You'll need some basic information like name, date of birth and county to check your status.

What to bring to the polls

State law requires registered voters to present one of seven forms of identification in order to vote in person at a polling location. They include:

  • Texas driver's license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety

  • Texas election identification certificate issued by DPS

  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS

  • Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS

  • United States military identification card containing person's photograph

  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person's photograph

  • United States passport

Can I vote by mail?

The state of Texas only allows registered voters to cast a mail-in ballot in certain circumstances. To be able to vote by mail in Texas you must meet one of the below requirements:

  • be 65 years or older;

  • be sick or disabled;

  • be out of the county on Election Day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance;

  • be expected to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day;

  • be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.

If you meet one of these requirements and are registered to vote, download the application from the Texas secretary of state’s website here, then mail it to the election administrator in your county.

Nueces County

County Clerk Kara Sands

901 Leopard St., 2nd Floor, Room 201

Corpus Christi, TX 78401

San Patricio County

Elections Administrator Pamela Hill

410 W. Market St.

Sinton, TX 78387

Aransas County

Elections Administrator Kevin Stroud

602 E. Concho St.

Rockport, TX 78382

Kleberg County

County Clerk Stephanie G. Garza

700 E. Kleberg Ave.

Kingsville, TX 78363

Why don’t I see the primary runoff candidates on this ballot?

The election on Saturday, May 7, is a joint constitutional amendment election. The primary runoff election will be Tuesday, May 24.

More: Here's your guide to casting a ballot in the Texas primary runoff elections

Where are Election Day voting locations near me?

Nueces County

Registered voters must cast their ballots at the following vote centers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7:

Adkins Middle School, 2402 Ennis Joslin Road

Banquete ISD, 4339 Fourth St., Banquete

Bishop Multipurpose Building, 115 S. Ash Ave., Bishop

Blanche Moore Elementary, 6121 Durant Drive

Club Estates Elementary, 5222 Merganser Drive

David Berlanga Community Center, 1513 Second St., Agua Dulce

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center, 5151 McArdle Road

Driscoll ISD, 315 West Dragon St., Driscoll

Ethel Eyerly Senior Center, 654 Graham Road

Fannin Elementary, 2730 Gollihar Road

Gibson Elementary, 5723 Hampshire Road

Gloria Hicks Elementary, 3602 McArdle Road

Grant Middle School, 4350 Aaron Drive

Greenwood Senior Center, 4040 Greenwood Drive

Hamlin Middle School, 3900 Hamlin Drive

Hilltop Community Center, 11425 Leopard St.

Island Presbyterian Church, 14030 Fortuna Bay Drive

Johnny Calderon Building, 710 E. Main St., Robstown

Kolda Elementary, 3730 Rodd Field Road

Kostoryz Elementary, 3602 Panama Drive

La Retama Central Library, 805 Comanche St.

Lindale Senior Center, 3135 Swantner Drive

London High School, 1306 Farm-to-Market Road 43

Los Encinos Elementary, 1921 Dorado St.

Menger Elementary, 2401 S. Alameda St.

Montclair Elementary, 5241 Kentner St.

Nueces County ESD #4, 5781 Farm-to-Market Road 666, Robstown

Oveal Williams Senior Center, 1414 Martin Luther King Drive

Port Aransas Community Center, 408 N. Alister St., Port Aransas

River Hills Baptist Church, 16318 Farm-to-Market Road 624, Robstown

Schanen Estates Elementary, 5717 Killarmet Drive

The Valencia (second floor), 6110 Ayers St.

Veterans Memorial High School, 3750 Cimarron Blvd.

West Oso Junior High School, 5202 Bear Lane

Woodlawn Elementary, 1110 Woodlawn Drive

Zavala Senior Center, 510 Osage St.

San Patricio County

San Patricio County registered voters may cast their ballot at the following vote centers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7:

  • San Patricio County Fairgrounds (Meeting Room), 219 W. Fifth St., Sinton

  • Humble Community Center, 2821 Main St., Ingleside

  • Portland Community Center, 2000 Billy G. Webb Drive, Portland

  • Aransas Pass Civic Center, 700 W. Wheeler Ave., Aransas Pass

  • Mathis City Hall Annex, 401 E. San Patricio Ave., Mathis

  • Gregory Housing Authority, 103 Granajo St., Gregory

Aransas County

Aransas County registered voters may cast their ballot at the following vote centers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7:

  • Fulton Fire Dept., 401 Googles Cole Blvd., Fulton

  • Rockport GI Forum, 1911 Hardee St., Rockport

  • Rockport Fire Dept., 212 Gagon St., Rockport

  • Rockport Service Center, 2751 State Highway 35 Bypass, Rockport

Kleberg County

Kleberg County registered voters must cast their ballot in the precinct where they are registered to vote (listed on Voter ID card), from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7:

  • Precinct 11, 12, 13, 14: Coastal Bend Fellowship Church Hall, 1500 E. Caesar Ave., Kingsville

  • Precinct 21, 22, 23, 24: Knights of Columbus Hall Council 3389, 320 Gen. Cavazos Blvd., Kingsville

  • Precinct 31, 32, 33: St. Gertrude Church, 1120 S. Eighth Street, Kingsville

  • Precinct 34: Riviera County Building, 103 N. Seventh St., Riviera

  • Precinct 35: Ricardo Senior Citizen Center, 109 N. Nix St., Ricardo

  • Precinct 41, 42, 43, 44: Early Voting Annex Office, 720 E. King Ave., Kingsville

What's on the ballot in the Texas May 7 joint constitutional election?

State of Texas Proposition 1

The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for the reduction of the amount of a limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for general elementary and secondary public school purposes on the residence homestead of a person who is elderly or disabled to reflect any statutory reduction from the preceding tax year in the maximum compressed rate of the maintenance and operations taxes imposed for those purposes on the homestead.

  • For

  • Against

State of Texas Proposition 2

The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $25,000 to $40,000.

  • For

  • Against

NUECES COUNTY

City of Port Aransas

Mayor

  • Wendy Moore

  • Gregory Chittum

  • Martin J. Phalen

Council Member, Place 2

  • Kelly Owens

  • Tina Mott

Council Member, Place 4

  • Gary Klepperich

  • Tanya Chambers

Council Member, Place 6

  • Edwin Myers

  • Leslie Smith

  • Dale T. Christianson

  • Paul Ruff

  • Carl “Corky” Moore

London Independent School District

Proposition A

The issuance of $79,450,000 of bonds by the London Independent School District for school facilities, and the levying of a tax in payment thereof. This is a property tax increase.

  • For

  • Against

Proposition B

The issuance of $15,180,000 of bonds by the London Independent School District for a school stadium complex, and the levying of a tax in payment thereof. This is a property tax increase.

  • For

  • Against

Proposition C

The issuance of $1,500,000 of bonds by the London Independent School District for school technology improvements, and the levying of a tax in payment thereof. This is a property tax increase.

  • For

  • Against

SAN PATRICIO COUNTY

City of Aransas Pass

Council Member, Place 2

  • Jason Knight

  • Write-in candidate

Council Member, Place 4

  • Vickie Abrego

City of Gregory

Council Member

Vote for none, one, two or three

  • David Smith

  • Aaron Boyes

  • George G. Hernandez

  • Alvaro Lopez Jr.

City of Ingleside on the Bay

Mayor

  • Jo Ann Ehmann

Alderman

Vote for none, one, or two

  • Leona Robbins

  • Brenda Duncan

  • Tom Merrick

Ingleside Independent School District

Trustee, Place IV

  • Dr. Amanda Martini

  • Bobby Dendy

Trustee, Place V

  • Joseph J. Jones

City of Portland

Mayor (two-year term)

  • Ron Jorgensen

  • Cathy Skurow

Council Member (two-year term)

Vote for none, one or two

  • Elizabeth Ackman

  • Gary W. Moore

  • John Reed

  • Zach Albrecht

  • Frank Locascio

Proposition A

Authorizing the legal sale of prohibited types or classifications of alcoholic beverages within the Leisure and Entertainment District.

  • For

  • Against

Taft Independent School District

Trustee

Vote for none, one or two

  • Paul Luis (Paulie) Treviño

  • Sylvia J. Montemayor

  • Summer Garcia (Olvera)

Proposition A

The issuance of an amount not to exceed $5,400,000 bonds for the purpose of refunding all or a portion of the principal and/or interest on the district's previously issued and currently outstanding "Limited Maintenance Tax Notes, Series 2017," dated Aug. 15, 2017, issued in the original aggregate principal amount of $1,432,000, "Maintenance Tax Notes, Series 2019," dated Oct. 15, 2019, issued in the original aggregate principal amount of $960,000, "Maintenance Tax Notes, Series 2020," dated Aug. 15, 2020, issued in the original aggregate principal amount of $2,000,000, "Maintenance Tax Notes, Series 2021," dated June 1, 2021, issued in the original aggregate principal amount of $1,210,000, and the levying and imposition of taxes sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds. This is a property tax increase.

  • For

  • Against

ARANSAS COUNTY

Aransas County Independent School District

Trustee, Place 1

  • Kenny Cruzan

Trustee, Place 4

  • Eli Ramos

Trustee, Place 7

  • Seth Snyder

  • Bonni Randall

Proposition A

The issuance of $66,000,000 of bonds by the Aransas County Independent School District for the purposes of designing, constructing, renovating, improving, upgrading, updating, acquiring, and equipping school facilities, the purchase of the necessary sites for school facilities, with priority given to new construction and improvements to the high school and the Fulton Learning Center, and the levying of a tax in payment thereof. This is a property tax increase.

  • For

  • Against

City of Rockport

Mayor

  • Tim Jayroe

  • Andrew Kane

City Council Member, Ward 2

  • Danielle M. Hale (uncontested, declared winner)

City Council Member, Ward 4

  • Andrea Marie Hattman (uncontested, declared winner)

Town of Fulton

Mayor

  • Kelli Cole

Alderman, Place 1

  • Bob Loflin

Alderman, Place 2

  • Victor Contreras

  • Christopher Garis

Alderman, Place 5

  • Jayne Robertson

  • Carl Biesenbach

KLEBERG COUNTY

Kingsville Independent School District board of trustees

Trustee, Place 1

  • Joe Mireles

  • Joseph Ruiz

Trustee, Place 2

  • Rosario Ann Garces

  • Andre Ortiz

  • Brian Coufal

Trustee, Place 3

  • Martin E. Chapa

  • Jeannette Price

  • Noemi Cavazos-Ortiz

  • Steven Crites

Allison Ehrlich writes about things to do in South Texas and has a weekly Throwback Thursday column on local history. Support local coverage like this by checking out our subscription options and special offers at Caller.com/subscribe

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