The 2021 general election in Texas is Tuesday, Nov. 2. 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 DATES?
The last day to register to vote was Oct. 4.
Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 18 and ends Friday, Oct. 29.
If you are voting by mail, your application to vote by mail must be received (not postmarked) by Thursday, Oct. 21.
Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 2. Mail-in ballots must be received by this day as well.
AM I REGISTERED TO VOTE?
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 disabled
- be out of the county on Election Day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance
- 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.
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
Elections Administrator Kevin Stroud
602 East Concho St.
Rockport, TX 78382
County Clerk Stephanie G. Garza
700 E. Kleberg Ave.
Kingsville, TX 78363
CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN THE AMENDMENTS?
The League of Women Voters of Texas has released an 8-page Constitutional Amendments Voter Guide that provides arguments for and against each of the eight amendments proposed by the Texas Legislature. The guide is available in both English and Spanish and copies can be picked up at local libraries and other government buildings in Corpus Christi or downloaded at https://my.lwv.org/texas/corpus-christi.
EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS
Early voting is Monday, Oct. 18 through Friday, Oct. 29
Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19 to Saturday, Oct. 23 and Monday, Oct. 25 to Wednesday, Oct. 27; Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 (Nueces County Courthouse only, all other locations closed this date); and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct 28 and Friday, Oct. 29.
Curbside voting available at all locations, call 361-888-0303
- Nueces County Courthouse, 910 Leopard St.
- Ben F. McDonald Public Library, 4044 Greenwood Drive
- Bishop Multi-Purpose Building, 115 S. Ashe Ave., Bishop
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center,5151 McArdle Road
- Ethel Eyerly Senior Center, 654 Graham Road
- Hilltop Community Center, 11425 Leopard St.
- Johnny Calderon Building, 710 East Main St., Robstown
- Magee Elementary, 4201 Calallen Drive
- Padre Island Baptist Church, 14253 S. Padre Island Drive
- Petronila Elementary School, 2391 County Road 67, Robstown
- Port Aransas Community Center, 408 N. Alister St.
- Veterans Memorial High School, 3750 Cimarron Blvd.
San Patricio County
Hours at Elections Office, 410 W. Market St., Sinton are:
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18, Oct. 20-22, Oct. 25, Oct. 27-28
- 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 19, Oct. 26
- 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 23
- 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29
Hours at Taft Kiva Hut, 401 Park St., Taft and Portland Community Center, 2000 Billy G. Webb Drive, Portland are:
- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18, Oct. 20-22, Oct. 25, Oct. 27-28
- 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 19, Oct. 26
- 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 23
Hours at Odem Public Library, 516 Voss Ave., Odem and Aransas Pass Civic Center, 700 W. Wheeler Ave., Aransas Pass are:
- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18, Oct. 20-22
- 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 19
Hours at Mathis City Hall Annex, 401 E. San Patricio Ave., Mathis and Humble Community Center, 2821 Main St., Ingleside are:
- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25, Oct. 27-28
- 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 26
Early Voting Annex Office, 720 E. King Ave. at 12th St., Kingsville
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18 through Friday, Oct. 29 (closed Sunday, Oct. 24)
Ricardo Community Senior Center, 109 N. Nix St., Ricardo
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct. 22
Riviera County Building, 103 N. 7th St., Riviera
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 and Tuesday, Oct. 26
Aransas County Elections & Voter Registration Building, 602 E. Concho St., Rockport
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19 to Friday, Oct. 22; Monday, Oct. 25 to Wednesday, Oct. 27
- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23
- Closed Sunday, Oct. 24
- 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 and Friday, Oct. 29
ELECTION DAY VOTING LOCATIONS
Nueces County registered voters may cast their ballot at the following vote centers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2:
Locations coming soon
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. Tuesday, Nov. 2
- Aransas Pass Civic Center (Nature Trail Room), 700 W. Wheeler Ave., Aransas Pass
- Edroy Community Center, 17886 State Hwy. 234, Edroy
- GP ISD Training Center, 1200 Broadway Blvd., Portland
- Gregory Housing Authority, 103 Granago St., Gregory
- Humble Community Center, 2821 Main St., Ingleside
- Mathis City Hall Annex, 401 E. San Patricio Ave., Mathis
- Odem Public Library, 516 Voss Ave., Odem
- Portland Community Center, 2000 Billy G. Webb Drive, Portland
- San Patricio County Fairgrounds (Ballroom A), 219 W. 5th St., Sinton
- Taft Kiva Hut, 401 Park St., Taft
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. Tuesday, Nov. 2
- Precinct Nos. 11, 12, 13, 14: Coastal Bend Fellowship Church Hall, 1500 E. Caesar Ave., Kingsville
- Precinct Nos. 21, 22, 23, 24: University Baptist Church, 1324 N. Armstrong St., Kingsville
- Precinct Nos. 31, 32: Knights of Columbus Hall Council 3389, 320 Gen. Cavazos Blvd., Kingsville
- Precinct Nos. 33, 34: Riviera County Building, 103 N. 7th St., Riviera
- Precinct No. 35: Ricardo Community Senior Center, 109 N. Nix St., Ricardo
- Precinct Nos. 41, 42, 43, 44, 45: Early Voting Annex Office, 720 E. King Ave. at 12th St., Kingsville
Aransas County registered voters may cast their ballot at the following vote centers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2
- Rockport G.I. Forum, 1911 Hardee St., Rockport
- Rockport Service Center, 2751 State Hwy. 35 Bypass, Rockport
- Rockport Volunteer Fire Dept., 212 Gagon St., Rockport
- Fulton Volunteer Fire Dept., 401 Googles Cole Blvd., Fulton
WHAT’S ON THE BALLOT?
Proposition 1 (HJR 143)
The constitutional amendment authorizing the professional sports team charitable foundations of organizations sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association to conduct charitable raffles at rodeo venues.
Proposition 2 (HJR 99)
The constitutional amendment authorizing a county to finance the development or redevelopment of transportation or infrastructure in unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted areas in the county.
Proposition 3 (SJR 27)
The constitutional amendment to prohibit this state or a political subdivision of this state from prohibiting or limiting religious services of religious organizations.
Proposition 4 (SJR 47)
The constitutional amendment changing the eligibility requirements for a justice of the supreme court, a judge of the court of criminal appeals, a justice of a court of appeals, and a district judge.
Proposition 5 (HJR 165)
The constitutional amendment providing additional powers to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct with respect to candidates for judicial office.
Proposition 6 (SJR 19)
The constitutional amendment establishing a right for residents of certain facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visitation.
Proposition 7 (HJR 125)
The constitutional amendment to allow the surviving spouse of a person who is disabled to receive a limitation on the school district ad valorem taxes on the spouse’s residence homestead if the spouse is 55 years of age or older at the time of the person’s death.
Proposition 8 (SJR 35)
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.
City of Port Aransas
Council Member, Place 2
- Victoria Stiewig
- Tina Mott
- Jon L. Christensen
City of Robstown
- Gilbert Gomez
- Ismael “SmileyMay” Gonzalez Jr.
Council Member Place No. 1
- Mary Ann Y. Saenz
- John A. Ramón
Council Member Place No. 2
Council Member Place No. 3
Council Member Place No. 4
Council Member Place No. 5
- Eva Elizondo Orona
- Joe (J.C.) Carrion
Council Member Place No. 6
- Esmi Cueva-Limón
- Victor Orona Jr.
Utility Board of Trustee Position No. 2
- Ernest (Neto) Gallegos
- Juan Padilla
Nueces County Emergency Services District No. 2
The increase in the maximum rate of the ad valorem tax imposed by Nueces County Emergency Services District No. 2 from three cents per one hundred dollar valuation to a rate of four and one-half cents per one hundred dollar valuation.
Nueces County Emergency Services District No. 4
Adopting a local sales and use tax rate for Nueces County ESD No. 4 (Bluntzer VFD)
The adoption of a local sales and use tax in the Nueces County Emergency Services District #4, (Bluntzer Volunteer Fire Department) at the rate of one and one-half cents. For Precincts 10, 12, 25 and 108.
Kleberg County Proposition
Authorizing the creation of the Kleberg County Assistance District No. 1 and the imposition of a sales and use tax at the rate of one and a half percent for the purpose of financing the operations of the district.
San Patricio County
Hospital District Proposition A
The creation of the San Patricio County Hospital District and the levy of annual property taxes for hospital purposes at a rate not to exceed $0.30 cents on each $100 valuation of all taxable property in the district and the issuance of bonds in an amount not to exceed $60,000,000 and to mature not later than 50 years after issuance.
Taft Independent School District
Taft ISD Proposition A
The issuance of an amount not to exceed $5,405,000 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 August 15, 2017, issued in the original aggregate principal amount of $1,432,000, “Maintenance Tax Notes, Series 2019,” dated October 15, 2019, issued in the original aggregate principal amount of $960,000, “Maintenance Tax Notes, Series 2020, ” dated August 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.
City of Taft
- Randy Powell
- S. Jimmie Adame
- Leonard Vasquez
Alderperson, Ward 1
- Bryanne L. Hamilton
- Rolando “Ronnie” Rodriguez
Alderperson, Ward 2
- JoAdrian Vara
- Molly Topper
City of Taft Proposition A
The reauthorization of the local sales and use tax in City of Taft at the rate of one-fourth of one percent sales and use tax to continue providing revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets. The tax expires on the fourth anniversary of the date of this election unless the imposition of the tax is reauthorized.
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