With less than a month to the Nov. 6 general election, Oct. 9 marked a busy voter registration day across the United States. Pop singer Taylor Swift’s Instagram post to encourage her fans to register to vote could be the push millennials need to get engaged in politics.
Vote.org reported that 65,000 voters between the ages of 18 to 29 registered to vote in the 24 hours after the singer’s Instagram post on Oct. 7. That number rose to 102,000 by noon Tuesday. Swift’s Instagram post to her 112 million fans also might have caused Vote.org’s web traffic to increase ten fold.
Swift said in her post, “In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”
Locally, Bexar County Elections Department had extended hours on Oct. 9 to prepare for the influx of new voter applications. As of Tuesday, Bexar County had 1,092,734 registered voters, at least 40,000 more voters than the last election.
Early voting for the general election starts Monday, Oct. 22 and goes through Friday, Nov. 2 from 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday and noon to 6 pm on the weekends.
- Here’s a list of early voting locations:
- Here’s a sample ballot.
- Read the city of San Antonio’s charter amendments and the fiscal impact.
San Antonio City Council *Live*
City announces Council District 2 applicants
The following individuals have submitted applications to fill the San Antonio City Council District 2 vacancy by appointment until May 31, 2019:
- Walter Perry
- Jada Sullivan
- Dan Martinez
- Michele Bailey
- Chris Dawkins
- Christopher Green
- Dereck Hillyer
- Aubry Lewis
- Lester Bryant
- Denise Gutierrez-Homer
- Art Hall
- William B. Johnson
- Stephen Lucke
Applications and supplemental documents are being reviewed for eligibility. To view submitted applications, visit https://www.sanantonio.gov/Clerk/District2Vacancy/. On Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. in the “B” Room of the Municipal Plaza Building, 114 W. Commerce St., the City Council will conduct applicant interviews. At the regular Council meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, in City Council Chambers, the City Council will interview final applicants and vote to fill the vacancy.
Councilman Shaw Resigns from City Council
SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 13, 2018) — Effective January 7, 2019, Councilman William “Cruz” Shaw is resigning from his position on City Council as he has accepted an offer to become associate judge of the 436th Judicial District Court.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of District 2 and collaborate with the staff at the City of San Antonio,” said Councilman Shaw. “I am grateful for this opportunity to work with the youth in San Antonio who have found their way into the criminal justice system. I want to make clear to the people in District 2 that there will be no interruption in services and council staff will continue to address all constituent concerns.”
The City will release the details for filling the District 2 vacancy in the coming days.