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Disability Rights Texas Handout
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Easy Voting How-To Guide: Your Vote Matters
The text below reflects what is in “Easy Voting How-To Guide: Your Vote Matters.” The complete guide with pictures is available under “Attached documents” located at the bottom of this web page.
What is voting?
Having your voice heard.
Can I vote?
- 18 years old or older.
- A citizen of the United States.
- Not a convicted felon (unless you are done with your sentence).
- Have not had your ability to vote taken away by a judge through guardianship.
Do you have a guardian?
- Do not know
Do you know if you have the right to vote?
- Do not know
Things you vote on
- City Council
- School Board
Other things you vote on:
- Propositions [Laws]
- Constitutional Amendment [changes to the rules of the United States]
These people will make decisions that affect you.
How to learn about candidates
- Read the newspaper
- Watch TV
- Listen to the radio
- Ask friends and family
What’s impotant to you
To help you choose who to vote for, think about things that are important to you.
- Where you live
Registering to vote
Before you can vote in an election, you must register. You can ask for help to register.
Places you can register:
- Post Office
- Voter Registrars Office
Voting by mail
- People with disabilities and those over 65 can vote by mail.
- You must send a vote by mail application to your county voting clerk before each election.
- You can get a vote by mail application from your County Voting Clerk, the Secretary of State’s Office, or Disability Rights Texas.
- Ask for help if you need it.
On voting day
- Find a ride to your voting place.
- You will need to bring identification such as a state-issued drivers license or ID, state-issued election identification certificate, or voter registration certificate with a disability exemption to vote.
- You can bring someone with you to help.
- You can ask for a provisional [temporary] ballot if you are told you can’t vote.
- Every polling place must be accessible to people with disabilities. They must also have an accessible voting booth.
- Make sure you are registered to vote.
- Know the issues and the candidates.
- Ask questions if you need help.
- Be a role model as an educated voter.
- Help someone else learn to vote.
- Celebrate your choice and your voice.
Disability Rights Texas Voter Hotline
If you have questions about your voting rights or need to report a problem voting
call 1-888-796-VOTE (8683) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Disability Rights Texas
2222 West Braker Lane
Austin, TX 78758
1-866-362-2851 (video phone)
Funded by the Help America Vote Act of 2002
Last updated: August 28, 2020
Publication Code: HA11
Disclaimer: Disability Rights Texas strives to update its materials on an annual basis, and this handout is based upon the law at the time it was written. The law changes frequently and is subject to various interpretations by different courts. Future changes in the law may make some information in this handout inaccurate.
The handout is not intended to and does not replace an attorney’s advice or assistance based on your particular situation.