Turnout in Comal County and Guadalupe Counties is still low | Community alert


After four days, less than 2% of voters in the registered counties had cast their votes for the November 2 election, which included eight proposed state constitutional amendments, two school district borrowing measures, and a handful of seats on local boards and commissions.

Unofficial results of election polls in Comal and Guadalupe counties as of Thursday revealed that only 2,144 voters had cast their votes in nine polling stations in Comal and only 892 personal voters in six towns in Guadalupe.

Including 170 ballots sent by mail, Comal’s total of 2,314 represented just 0.019% of 121,711 registered voters, with Guadalupe County’s 1,304 ballots and 2,196 total being 0.019% of 113,504 eligible voters.

Voters in both counties are considering eight proposed amendments to the state constitution. New Braunfels Independent School District has $ 348 million bond, Comal ISD has $ 527 million bond and a voter-approved tax ratification election, and Schertz Cibolo Universal City ISD ranks 4th on its board of trustees determine.

Voters in Comal Emergency Services District No. 7 Consider Proposal on Sales Tax; Comal County Water Improvement Districts 1C and 1E vote on approving charters, board directors, and funding; and two board member seats are elected by residents of the Green Valley Special Utility District.

In Guadalupe County, Schertz voters have a public safety bond and places 6 and 7 on the city council. Twelve 12 proposed changes to the city charter await voters from Cibolo, who also elect a member of District 4’s city council.

Friday was the last day voters could request ballot papers by mail. The polling stations in both counties will continue to count the votes over the weekend and until the end of the early voting next Friday at 7 p.m.

The highest personal voter turnout in Comal County was the main election office in downtown New Braunfels (420 votes), followed by the Mammen Family Library in Bulverde (375) and the Goodwin Annex des Countys (292) and Comal ISD’s Support Services Center ( 238). The highest turnouts in Guadalupe County were 365 in Schertz, 181 in Seguin, and 135 in Cibolo.

Comal County’s voters will be able to vote at one of 23 polling stations on November 2, including 12 polling stations in New Braunfels, four in Canyon Lake, three in Bulverde, two in Spring Branch, and one each in Garden Ridge and Boerne.

State law requires that all voters bring an approved photo ID in order to cast ballot papers. People without photo identification can submit provisional ballot papers with alternative forms of identification such as electricity bills or sign affidavits at polling stations. Lists of approved and alternate ID cards accepted in the elections can be found on the Texas Foreign Minister’s website, votetexas.gov.

These Comal County district-wide locations are open 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturdays; Sunday 11 am-6pm and Monday, October 25th, 7 am-7pm, through Friday, October 29th:

  • Comal County Election Center, 396 N. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels
  • Comal County Bulverde Annex, 30470 Cougar Bend, Bulverde
  • Comal County Goodwin Annex, 1297 Church Hill Dr., New Braunfels
  • Comal ISD Support Services Building, 1404 Interstate 35 North, New Braunfels
  • New Braunfels ISD Administration Center, 1000 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels
  • Mammen family public library, 131 Bulverde junction, Bulverde
  • St. Francis by the Lake Episcopal Church, 121 Spring Mountain Drive, Canyon Lake
  • Rebecca Creek Elementary School, 125 Quest Avenue, Spring Branch
  • Garden Ridge City Hall, 9400 Municipal Parkway, (closes Tuesday, October 26th and Thursday, October 28th at 4pm)

These Guadalupe County district-wide locations are open 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturdays; Sunday 12pm – 6pm and Monday, October 25th, 7am – 7pm, through Friday, October 29th:

  • Seguin Electoral Office, S. Milam St. 215, Seguin
  • Cibolo Fire Station No. 2, 3864 Cibolo Valley Dr., Cibolo
  • Central Texas Technology Center, 2189 Farm-to-Market Road 758, New Braunfels
  • Grace Church, 3240 FM 725, New Braunfels
  • New Berlin City Hall, 9180 FM 775, New Berlin
  • Schertz electoral office outbuilding, 1101 Elbelstrasse, Schertz

For more information, including sample ballots and polling stations, and polling stations on Election Day, see www.votecomal.com and www.co.guadalupe.tx.us/elections.

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