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English / Español ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT

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Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed for Lunch 12 -1
Hours may vary during election cycles

Beth Montalvo
Elections Administrator

Email: electionsadmin@co.karnes.tx.us

Address/Mailing:

Karnes County Elections
210 West Calvert, Suite 140
Karnes City, TX 78118
Phone: (830) 780-2246
Fax: (830) 780-3059

Ballot by Mail requests: elections@co.karnes.tx.us

                                                         

WELCOME!

Thank you for visiting the Karnes County Elections website.  We trust the information listed will
assist you in your election research.  The Karnes County Elections Department is committed to
maintaining public confidence in all elections by assuring all elections are conducted in a fair,
efficient and accurate manner with the highest level of integrity.  The Elections Administrator 
and staff are committed to excellence in maintaining up-to-date, accurate voter registration rolls
to provide fair and equal opportunities for all of Karnes County citizens. 

The Elections Administrator conducts all countywide special and general elections and handles
Early Voting for the countywide elections.  The Early Voting Clerk is responsible for appointment
and training of all election clerks that assist in the elections and all balloting by mail.  As the Voter
Registrar of Karnes County, the Elections Administration is responsible for registering all eligible
voters, providing a list of qualified voters to all other county entities for their elections, and 
making reports to the Secretary of State.  The Elections Administration is also responsible for 
maintenance of candidate/officeholder reports and appointments of campaign treasurer designations
for county offices.

  • Voting Priority: A voter with a mobility problem that substantially impairs the voter's ability to ambulate, and the voter agrees to be given voting order priority, the Election Officer will move you to the front of the line for check-in and voting.  A Voting Priority sign is posted at the entrance to the voting place.  

    Curbside Voting: Curbside Voting is available for voters who are physically unable to enter the polling place without personal assistance or likelihood of injuring the voter's health.  A designated reserved parking spot is marked with a Curbside Voting sign.  A voter may call 830-780-2246 and let us know which location you are ready to vote at and what type of car you are driving.  We will let the Presiding Judge know you are waiting to vote curbside.  Two election officials will perform the curbside voting election duties and will be in possession of the voter's ballot at all times.  A voter may request that someone they designate to watch the election officials scan the voter's ballot.  

    Equipment:  Karnes County uses Hart Verity's voting equipment.  The intuitive touchscreen delivers easy-to-use plain language interfaces.  A full suite of accessibility features ensures all voters can vote privately and independently.  Use of the KNOWiNk poll pads, provides the voter a seamless electronic check-in and verification process that alleviates long lines at the polling sites.  If a voter who is unable to sign their name on the poll pad, the election officer shall enter the voter's name with a notation of the reason for the voter's inability to sign.  

    Assistant: A voter who is eligible to receive assistance is entitled to be assisted by a person of the voter's choice or to be assisted by two election officers.  

    Interpreter:  Voters who cannot speak English, or who communicate only with sign language, may use an interpreter of their choice to help them communicate with election officials.

    Witness:  If a voter is required to sign a document and cannot do so because of a physical disability or illiteracy, the document may be signed for the person by a witness.  When a witness signs on behalf of a voter, the person who cannot sign must affix the person's mark to the document, which the witness must attest to.  If the person cannot make a mark, then the witness must state that fact on the document.  

    Accessible Polling Place:  Karnes County Elections makes every effort to make sure each polling place and early voting location is accessible to an usable by the elderly and individuals with disabilities.  Should you or someone you know encounter any location that is not accessible, please notify the Elections Administration Office immediately at 830-780-2246.

    • The Elections Administration Office is committed to making the content of its web site accessible to all, including individuals with disabilities, and to ensuring its web site complies with Title II of The Americans with Disabilities Act and Sections 504  and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, by using World Wide Web Consortium's  (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA.

      Third-Party Sites

      Some of the pages on the Elections Administration (EA) web site may contain links to third-party sites. The EA is not responsible for the online content or accessibility of third-party sites that do not relate to our programs, services, and activities. 

      We Welcome Your Feedback

      If you have difficulty accessing information on our website because of a disability, please contact us. Be sure to include the information below, so we may contact you to provide the information in another format.

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      Contact Us
      Elections Administration
      electionsadmin@co.karnes.tx.us
      830-780-2246

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VOTING SECURITY!

HART Intercivic Security   

        

  Homeland Security - Election Security

 

Texas Secretary of State - Election Security

 

                                                         

  • County Judge: Wade J. Hedtke, 4-year term ends in 2026
    Sheriff: Dwayne Villanueva, 4-year term, ends in 2024 
    County Attorney: David Chapman, 4-year term, ends in 2024 
    District Clerk: Denise Rodriguez, 4-year term, ends in 2026
    County Clerk: Carol Swize, 4-year term, ends in 2026
    County Treasurer: Vi Swierc, 4-year term, ends in 2026
    Tax-Assessor Collector: Tammy Braudaway, 4-year term, ends in 2024

    County Commissioner 1: Shelby Dupnik, 4-year term, ends in 2024
    County Commissioner 2: Benny Lyssy, 4-year term, ends in 2026
    County Commissioner 3: James Rosales, 4-year term, ends in 2024
    County Commissioner 4: Wes Gisler, 4-year term, ends in 2026

    Justice of the Peace 1: Rachel V. Garcia, 4-year term, ends in 2026
    Justice of the Peace 2: Caroline Korzekwa, 4-year term, ends in 2026
    Justice of the Peace 3: Trent Enriquez, 4-year term, ends in 2026
    Justice of the Peace 4: David Sotelo, 4-year term, ends in 2026

    Constable 1: Eddie Salas, 4-year term, ends in 2024
    Constable 2: Donald Hons, 4-year term, ends in 2024
    Constable 3: David Kunschik, 4-year term, ends in 2024
    Constable 4: Fernando Rios, 4-year term, ends in 2024

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    • The purpose of this page is to provide up to date information for upcoming elections for Karnes County.  When there is an election, this page will be updated with the relevant information you need in order to vote.  This page will be updated with the time, date, and place for each election including a listing of the precinct polling places and sample ballot information.  At the conclusion of an election, the results from the election will also be posted in this section.
      • SAMPLE BALLOTS


        Commissioner 1 (Voting Precincts 4 & 11)       Republican Democratic
        Commissioner 2 (Voting Precincts 2, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13) Republican Democratic
        Commissioner 3 (Voting Precincts 1, 3, 8, 15) Republican Democratic
        Commissioner 4 (Voting Precincts 5, 9, 14) Republican Democratic


        IMPORTANT DATES ORDERS & NOTICES
         01/01/2024: First day to apply for a ballot by mail (ABBM)  Notice of SVC or  Federal Postcard Application (FPCA). Curbside Voting
        02/05/2024: Last day to register to Vote. Notice of Voting Order Priority
        02/20/2024: First day of Early Voting Notice of Public Logic & Accuracy Testing 02/23/2024: Last day to apply for Ballot by Mail (ABBM & FPCA) Appointment of Judges
        03/01/2024: Last day of Early Voting Notice of Election
        03/05/2024: Last day to receive Ballot by Mail - if not postmarked, Notice of Delivery of Mail Ballots
        if postmarked must receive by 03/06/2024 by 5:00 pm Central Counting Station Plan Early Voting Location and Hours
        Notice of Early Voting at Branch Location
        Election Day Polling Locations

        VOTER INFORMATION RESULTS
        Application for Ballot by Mail (ABBM) UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
        Federal Postcard and Voting Assistance Program (FPCA) Unofficial Reconciliation 
        Click HERE to track your Ballot by Mail 
        Early Voting Locations and Election Day Polling Locations & Hours OFFICIAL RESULTS
        Official Reconciliation

        VOTING ROSTERS

        BALLOT BY MAIL EARLY VOTING  ELECTION DAY
        02/05/2024 02/20/2024 03/05/2024
        02/21/2024
        02/22/2024
        02/23/2024
        02/24/2024
        02/25/2024
        02/26/2024
        02/27/2024
        02/28/2024
        02/29/2024
        0
        3/01/2024

        • ORDERS & NOTICES

          Order of Election FCISD Order of Election KCISD Order of Election Runge ISD Order of Election Kenedy ISD Order of Election - Nixon Smiley ISD Certificate of Unopposed Candidates Nixon-Smiley ISD Order of Election - City of Kenedy

          Order of Election - Otto Kaiser Hospital
           IMPORTANT DATES

          01/01/2024: First day to apply for a ballot by mail (ABBM) 
            or  Federal Postcard Application (FPCA). Curbside Voting
          04/04/2024: Last day to register to Vote. Notice of Voting Order Priority
          04/22/2024: First day of Early Voting Notice of Logic & Accuracy Testing
          04/23/2024: Last day to apply (RECEIVE) Ballot by Mail (ABBM & FPCA) Appointment of Judges
          04/30/2024: Last day of Early Voting
          05/04/2024: Last day to receive Ballot by Mail - if not postmarked, Notice of Delivery of Mail Ballots
          if postmarked must receive by 05/06/2024 by 5:00 pm Central Counting Station Plan

          VOTER INFORMATION RESULTS
          Application for Ballot by Mail (ABBM) UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
          Federal Postcard and Voting Assistance Program (FPCA) Unofficial Reconciliation 
          Click HERE to track your Ballot by Mail 
          Early Voting Locations and Election Day Polling Locations & Hours OFFICIAL RESULTS
          Official Reconciliation

          VOTING ROSTERS

          BALLOT BY MAIL EARLY VOTING  ELECTION DAY

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        • IMPORTANT DATES ORDERS & NOTICES

          01/01/2024: First day to apply for a ballot by mail (ABBM)  Order of Election
            or  Federal Postcard Application (FPCA). Curbside Voting
          04/29/2024: Last day to register to Vote. Notice of Voting Order Priority
          05/20/2024: First day of Early Voting Notice of Logic & Accuracy Testing
          05/17/2024: Last day to apply for Ballot by Mail (ABBM & FPCA) Appointment of Judges
          05/24/2024: Last day of Early Voting Notice of Election
          05/28/2024: Last day to receive Ballot by Mail - if not postmarked, Notice of Delivery of Mail Ballots
          if postmarked must receive by 05/29/2024 by 5:00 pm Central Counting Station Plan

          VOTER INFORMATION RESULTS
          Application for Ballot by Mail (ABBM) UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
          Federal Postcard and Voting Assistance Program (FPCA) Unofficial Reconciliation 
          Click HERE to track your Ballot by Mail 
          Early Voting Locations and Election Day Polling Locations & Hours OFFICIAL RESULTS
          Official Reconciliation

          VOTING ROSTERS

          BALLOT BY MAIL EARLY VOTING  ELECTION DAY

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        • IMPORTANT DATES ORDERS & NOTICES

          01/01/2024: First day to apply for a ballot by mail (ABBM)  Order of Election
            or  Federal Postcard Application (FPCA). Curbside Voting
          10/07/2024: Last day to register to Vote. Notice of Voting Order Priority
          10/21/2024: First day of Early Voting Notice of Logic & Accuracy Testing
          10/25/2024: Last day to apply for Ballot by Mail (ABBM & FPCA) Appointment of Judges
          11/01/2024: Last day of Early Voting Notice of Election
          11/05/2024: Last day to receive Ballot by Mail - if not postmarked, Notice of Delivery of Mail Ballots
          if postmarked must receive by 11/06/2024 by 5:00 pm Central Counting Station Plan

          VOTER INFORMATION RESULTS
          Application for Ballot by Mail (ABBM) UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
          Federal Postcard and Voting Assistance Program (FPCA) Unofficial Reconciliation 
          Click HERE to track your Ballot by Mail 
          Early Voting Locations and Election Day Polling Locations & Hours OFFICIAL RESULTS
          Official Reconciliation

          VOTING ROSTERS

          BALLOT BY MAIL EARLY VOTING  ELECTION DAY

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  • HOW TO REGISTER TO VOTE AND GET AN APPLICATION:

    To vote in Texas, you must be registered with your county.

    Simply pick up a voter registration application, fill it out completely and legibly, and return it to the Voter Registration Office at least 30 days before the election date.  

    You can register to vote online or update your voter registration HERE.

    CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION:

    To check if you’re already registered to vote in Texas, use the following link: Am I Registered? 

      

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  • VOLUNTEER DEPUTY REGISTRARS

    Helping Karnes County Citizens Register to Vote
     

    Volunteer Deputy Registrars (VDRs) are entrusted with the responsibility of officially registering voters in Karnes County. They are appointed by county voter registrars and charged with helping increase voter registration in their county. Acceptance of the duties of volunteer deputy registrar places you in a position of trust and responsibility to the citizens you will register to vote.

    VDRs 

    • Are appointed by each county’s voter registrar;
    • Distribute, assist in completion & review of voter registration applications;
    • Accept completed voter registration application and provide receipts;
    • Turn in completed applications in person to their county voter registrar office within 5 calendar days;
    • VDRs serve for two-year terms expiring on December 31 of even-numbered years.

    You may become a deputy registrar by attending any of our in person training classes. Upon completion of the training, you will be issued a certificate of appointment and all necessary supplies needed to register citizens.

    Call the Karnes County Elections Administrator to schedule a time for the training at 830-780-2246.

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  • VOTING BY MAIL

    Absentee Ballot By Mail (ABBM) must be applied for each calendar year. You may call our office at 830-780-2246 to request a application to be mailed to you or click here for a printable version of it.

    REASONS FOR VOTING BY MAIL

    • 65 years of age or older
    • Disability
    • Expected to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day
    • Expected absence from the county during Early Voting thru Election Day
    • Confinement in jail

    Mail applications for ballot by mail to:

    Karnes County Elections
    210 W. Calvert, Ste. 140
    Karnes City, TX 78118

    FOR MILITARY/OVERSEAS VOTERS

    FPCA

    TRACK YOUR MAIL BALLOT

     

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    • NEW

      Campaign Finance Portal - Candidates and Elected Officials can now file all of their reports to the Election Office online.  First, each individual that would prefer to file online, must submit a "wet" signature to the Election Office in person.  Once we have received the "wet" signatures, you may create an account at this website: Candidate Filings  Once you have an account you can access the different forms from the Texas Ethics Commission - step by step directions click here

      Candidate or Elected Official must fill out each form and return to our office:    Form 1  Form 2

      Individuals can look at each report that has been filed by each candidate.  To see the reports, you do not have to create an account, to view candidate filings, click here

      Candidates that have filed with our office are below and others have filed on our portal, click here for portal link. 
      (This step part is still in progress of uploading filings)

      ______________________________________________________________________________________________

      Candidate Name Office Filing Date Type of Report

      Jennifer Tapia County Attorney Nov. 29, 2023 Treasurer Appointment

      Steven Bailey Sheriff Oct. 4, 2023 Treasurer Appointment

      Dwayne Villanueva Sheriff Nov. 11, 2023 Treasurer Appointment

       

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    FIRST STEPS

    Please visit the Texas Ethics Commissions page for their Frequently Asked Questions

    CANDIDATE FORMS

    Application for a place on the Primary Ballot: Application
    Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate: Form (Instruction Guide)
    Campaign Finance Report: Form (Instruction Guide)
    Code of Fair Campaign Practices: Form

    CANDIDATE GUIDES

    Political Advertising: Guide
    Pollwatcher: Guide
    Political Fundraising- Guide

    HELPFUL RESOURCES

    Rules for Posting Campaign Signs: Information
    Prohibition Against Using Political Subdivision Resources for Political Advertising: Information

    Texas Ethics Commission: Information

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