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Local Government & Politics

(San Antonio & Bexar County, Texas)


  • Online Catalog - locate books and other materials in the Louis J. Blume and Law Libraries 

  • Locating Articles
  • + LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe
    Selected articles from the San Antonio Express-News, other Texas sources, and wire stories are included.
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  • San Antonio Express-News
    Full-image articles from the San Antonio Express-News (1869-1879; 1988-present) are available on microfilm on the Main (Second) Floor of the Blume Library.

  • La Prensa de San Antonio - "San Antonio's Premiere Bilingual Newspaper"

  • San Antonio Current
    "Published every Thursday, San Antonio Current is distributed free at more than 900 locations in the San Antonio metro area, including office and government buildings, retail stores, restaurants, bars, clubs, and colleges."

  • Note: Databases with a plus (+) preceding them can be accessed through the link provided on the St. Mary's University campus.  Current students, staff, and faculty can access these databases from off-campus by following the Restricted Databases Instructions for Use


    San Antonio

    • City of San Antonio 
      Information about city services and agencies with links to web sites where available. 

    Bexar County

    • Bexar County (Texas)
    • Official county web site offers information about elected offices, infrastructure and planning departments, local election  results, Commissioners Court agenda, Commissioners Court work sessions, Juvenile Meeting agenda, job listings, notices, public reports, jury summons information, county directory. 
  • Bexar County Commissioners Court
  • Bexar [County] Appraisal District 
  • Searchable site of property in Bexar county.
  • Bexar County Historic Markers
  • Bexar County Justices of the Peace
  • Bexar County Records
  • Searchable site of land records, marriage licenses, assumed names, UCC filings, foreclosure notices, and public notices in Bexar county.
  • Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) 
  • "A voluntary association of 94 local governments and organizations that serves its members through planning, information and coordination activities. The 12 counties that comprise the Alamo Area planning region are Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina and Wilson."

    Other Local Government Entities (including taxing entities)


    Campaign Finance Information

    Voter Registration

    Voter Registration Materials are available at the following locations on campus:

    Dean of Students - University Center (Second Floor)
    Louis J. Blume Library
    Office of the Registrar - St. Louis Hall Room 105

    To be eligible to register in Texas, you must:

    • Be a U.S. citizen;
    • be a resident of the country;
    • be 18 years old (you may register at 17 years and 10 months);
    • not a convicted felon (unless a person's sentence is completed, including any probation or parole)
    • not declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law

    Elections Division,
    Office of the Secretary of State,
    P.O. Box 12060,
    Austin, TX 78711-2060
    Toll Free Phone: 1-800-252-VOTE(8683)
    Fax: (512)475-2811
    http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/index.shtml

    Early Voting

    Early voting in person starts 17 days before each election unless the first day falls on the weekend, then early voting begins on the following Monday and ends 4 days before each election. Anyone who is registered for at least 30 days in Bexar County is eligible to vote at any early voting site in Bexar County.

    For a sample ballot and a list of early voting times and sites go to http://www.co.bexar.tx.us/elections/

    If you live in Bexar County and have questions about whether you are registered or at which address you are registered, contact the office of the Bexar County Elections Administrator at (210) 335-VOTE (8683) or see the Bexar County Elections site at http://www.co.bexar.tx.us/elections/

    For those outside of Bexar County, election information is available at the Texas Secretary of State's web site at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/

    Election Day Voting

    For a sample ballot and a list of polling sites in Bexar County, go to http://www.co.bexar.tx.us/elections/

    For election information elsewhere in Texas, go to the Texas Secretary of State's web site at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/

    Exercise your right and responsibility to vote and encourage others—colleagues, friends, neighbors, family, students—to do so, too. Imagine what an impact we can make if each of us gets 10 people to the polls!


    More Information
    Kathleen Amen's San Antonio Local Area Government Information

    Documenting Sources
    author: Diane M. Duesterhoeft • email: dduesterhoeft@stmarytx.edu 
    URL: http://library.stmarytx.edu/acadlib/subject/polisci/posatx.htm
    created September 27, 1999 • updated December 3, 2009

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