With the close of early voting Tuesday, 14,157 people had cast early ballots for a joint election for ACCD, the Bexar Metropolitan Water District and the San Antonio River Authority.
A separate contest to elect a state representative in Texas House District 121 generated 2,125 early votes by Saturday — a high number considering the circumstances.
"If you compare this to the last special election for a state representative seat, there were only about 3,000 votes total," [Christian Anderson with Election Support Services] said. "For an election that had about a two-week time span, clearly the candidates have done a good job of letting voters know there is a vacancy to fill."
Anderson estimated that total turnout for the joint election would probably hit about 28,000, while up to 7,000 could vote in the state House election.
In the House race, candidates announced last-minute support.
Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Rose Spector, a Democrat, stood before a slate of women from local political organizations, including the Tejano Democrats and the Bexar County Democratic Women.
Meanwhile, Republican candidate Joe Straus III received the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business in Texas, an advocacy group for small-business owners.