Resources for People with Disabilities

Disability Rights Texas employs staff specialists responsible for a wide variety of activities such as training people with disabilities on voting rights, surveying polling places, working with election officials, and responding to legislative inquiries. In addition to these year-round activities, DRTx runs a special toll-free Voter Rights Hotline to answer questions, respond to legal violations, and troubleshoot problems.

We help ensure that Texans with disabilities can:

  • Register to vote
  • Access polling places
  • Cast a ballot
  • File a complaint if excluded from any part of the voting process

Problems voting or registering to vote? Questions about voters with disabilities?

Call our hotline at 1-888-796-VOTE (8683)

(Please note that this phone number is for voting issues only and not for service requests.)

These resources are provided for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.

Election Worker Resources

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Featured Resources

Voting Rights of People with Disabilities

You have the right to vote whether you have a disability or not, as long as you are registered to vote in Texas. If your voting rights are violated because of a disability, contact Disability Rights Texas at 1-888-796-VOTE (8683).This handout provides information on the rights of voters with disabilities.

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Voter ID in Texas

What identification you need to vote in Texas, and what to do if you are a person with a disability who does not have one of the required photo IDs.

Read more about Voter ID in Texas.

Handouts

Alternative Voting Options

Alternatives for people without access to traditional voting methods.

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Understanding Your Texas Voter Registration Certificate

This handout on Understanding Your Texas Voter Registration Certificate © LWV-Richardson 2005

Read more about Understanding Your Texas Voter Registration Certificate.

Understanding HB 658 for Residential Care Facilities

Under a new state law (House Bill 658), when residential care facilities (RCFs) request five or more absentee ballots, counties are required to send election judges to deliver the ballots during early voting and oversee voting at those homes, providing assistance if necessary. This handout provides information to help RCFs with the new process.

Read more about Understanding HB 658 for Residential Care Facilities.

Polling Place Accessibility Survey Short Version

A brief survey for voters, poll workers, or election officials to complete to determine if their polling site is accessible to people with disabilities.

Read more about Polling Place Accessibility Survey Short Version.

Accessible Voting for People with Visual Disabilities

The eSlate is a direct record electronic machine that any voter may use though it is provided to allow voters with disabilities, including those who are blind, mobility impaired or lack upper-body dexterity, to vote privately and independently. The eSlate will be in a booth that is wheelchair accessible. This handout gives specific instructions for eSlate users who have a visual impairment and who will be using the audio function to cast their ballot.

Read more about Accessible Voting for People with Visual Disabilities.

eSlate Instructions for Use

Instructions for using an eSlate.

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Video Demos of Voting Machine Accessibility Features

List of links to various YouTube videos that demonstrate the use of voting machine accessibility features for people with disabilities.

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Voter ID Exemption – Proving Disability

If you are a voter with a disability that does not have a photo ID, find out how you can get a permanent exemption from the photo ID requirement.

Read more about Voter ID Exemption – Proving Disability.

Basic Guide to Polling Place Accessibility

How to check if a polling place is accessible and in compliance with the law.

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Provisional Ballots

When and how to use a provisional ballot in Texas.

Read more about Provisional Ballots.

Voting Rights for People with Disabilities Picture Book

This easy-to-read book provides people with disabilities information about their voting rights.

Read more about Voting Rights for People with Disabilities Picture Book.

How to Register to Vote in Texas

Information on how to register to vote in Texas.

Read more about How to Register to Vote in Texas.

Videos

Voting Rights of People with Disabilities

Watch Voting Rights of People with Disabilities.

Why Should People With Disabilities Vote?

Watch Why Should People With Disabilities Vote?.