Election day is May 1 – here’s what you need to know

Originally posted on May 1 2021 – San Antonio Report

Rainy weather will greet San Antonio residents casting ballots Saturday for their next City Council members, mayor, and two ballot propositions.

Early voting drew record-breaking turnout for a municipal election, which Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said could likely be attributed to the population growth in San Antonio and Bexar County over the past few years. But there also has been a lot of community activity surrounding Proposition B, which would eliminate the current collective bargaining process that the police union uses with the City to establish a labor contract.

Grassroots organization Fix SAPD, which put the proposition on the ballot, has been growing its campaign war chest in the past few months and gained endorsements from former mayor Julián Castro, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, and Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich. The police union, which has been campaigning against Prop B, has been fundraising through its political action committee, and the “vote against Prop B” campaign has the support of conservative nonprofit San Antonio Family Association, several local pastors, and the San Antonio Central Labor Council.

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