Despite legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) that mandates accessibility of public accommodations and the voting process, many voters with disabilities still encounter barriers to casting a private and independent ballot.
If you have any questions about voting call 1-833-DEM-VOTE.
Voting by mail
In Texas, you can request a mail-in ballot if you are: 65 years or older, disabled, out of the county on election day and during the period of early voting (this includes students away at college), and people who are incarcerated but not convicted, and individuals who were formerly-incarcerated and are off paper.
Benefits to voting by mail
Voting by mail allows you to take your time to mark your ballot. You may have someone related to you or living in your home assist you to mark the ballot or read it to you.
You do not need to show any proof of disability to vote by mail.
Any voter that would experience significant challenges to voting inside the polling location may vote from their vehicle. The Election Judge must send a clerk out to a voter’s car with all materials needed for them to vote. No election official has the right or the authority to tell a voter that they are ineligible for curbside voting.
It is the responsibility for all poll workers to understand how to operate all equipment used for voting, including the Direct Record Electronic “DRE” device. Poll workers have no authority to question a voters eligibility to use the DRE. Each polling place must have at least one accessible voting machine.
For the speediest service, we encourage individuals that may need additional time or assistance to vote during non-peak hours (between 11-3pm).
Requesting assistance to sign in or cast your ballot
A voter can choose an individual, including poll workers, for assistance in casting their ballot with three exceptions:
An agent of their employer; or
An officer or agent of their union.
Whoever you choose will need to sign an Oath of Assistance, and then only they will help you to protect the secrecy of your ballot.
If you have any additional questions or concerns about voting please call 1-833-DEM-VOTE
"VOTE as if your life depends on it - Because it DOES!”
Justin Dart, Jr
Every eligible Texan deserves to cast their ballot in this election. Know your rights.
- You have the right to cast a ballot in secret, free from disclosure and intimidation.
- As long as you are in line to vote at 7 p.m. when the polls close on Election Day, you are entitled to cast your ballot, no matter what.
If you have a problem:
- If you’re not sure where your polling place is, you can contact your county’s local election official. Find their contact information here.
- If you vote early, you can vote anywhere in your county. On election day, you must vote in your polling place. If officials at your polling location tell you that you are in the wrong place, they should look up your polling place and tell you where it is. It is important to report all barriers to voting experienced, even if you are able to resolve the barrier and cast your ballot. This information is useful when advocating for changes and improvements to the voting process. Report them immediately by calling 833-DEM-VOTE.
- If you have any other questions about voter registration, contact your county voter registrar.
- If you have questions involving the election, including questions about how to vote early, contact one of the election administrators listed here.