Texas Voters' Bill of Rights

Declaración de Derechos Electorales en el Estado de Texas (página de Web) | (pdf)

Texas Voters' Bill of Rights (pdf)


Your voting rights are protected. These rights are guaranteed to qualified registered voters.

1.  You have the right to vote if you are a qualified registered voter.

2.  You have the right to cast your ballot in a manner that ensures privacy.  You have the right to vote without any person trying to influence your vote and vote in a booth that prevents others from watching you make your ballot.

3.  You have the right to stay in the voting booth for as long as necessary to complete your ballot.

4.  You have the right to receive up to two replacement ballots if you make a mistake and spoil your ballot before you cast your ballot.

5.  You have the right to request assistance when voting from a poll worker or anyone of your choice except your employer, or an officer of your union or their representatives.

6.  You have the right to vote if you are disabled. The polling place must be accessible, and there must be an accessible voting booth.

7.  You have the right to vote if you cannot read or write. You have the right to bring an interpreter with you who can translate.

8.  You have the right to vote but must show one of the IDs listed on the reverse side of this sheet.

9.  You have the right to cast a provisional ballot if you believe you are a qualified registered voter but a poll worker tells you that you are ineligible to vote.

10.  You have the right to vote once at an early voting location during the early voting period within the territory conducting the election.

11.  You have the right to follow up any challenge to your right to vote through the complaint process.

12.  You have the right to vote if you are not currently incarcerated for a felony conviction and have registered as a voter after your sentence is fully discharged.

13.  You have the right to take this Voters' Bill of Rights or any other papers, including a sample ballot, voter guide or campaign material, into the voting booth with you. Please remove all papers when you leave the booth.

14. You have the right to vote at any polling place in Bexar County* on Election Day any time between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for state and federal elections – hours may vary for local elections. If you are in line at the polling place when the polls close at 7 p.m., you have the right to vote.

15.  You have the right to bring your children into the voting booth with you.

If you feel that your right to vote has been violated in any way, call the Secretary of State toll free at 1-800-252-VOTE(8683), via e-mail at elections@sos.texas.gov and by regular mail at Elections Division, PO Box 12060, Austin, TX 78711.

*For counties other than Bexar, check with your county election official.

Original document was signed by the following persons:

Ron Nirenberg, Mayor, City of San Antonio

Nelson W. Wolff, Judge, Bexar County

Jacquelyn F. Callanen, Elections Administrator, Bexar County

Madhu Sridhar, League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area

Prepared by the League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area, January 2018



VOTER ID REQUIREMENTS

The acceptable forms of photo identification are as follows:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person's photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person's photograph
  • United States passport book or card

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the acceptable photo identification must be current or have expired no more than 4 years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.

If you do not possess and cannot reasonably obtain one of these IDs, fill out a declaration at the polls explaining why and bring one of the following supporting documents:

  • Valid voter registration certificate
  • Certified birth certificate (must be an original)
  • Copy of or original current utility bill
  • Copy of or original bank statement
  • Copy of or original government check
  • Copy of or original paycheck
  • Copy of or original government document with your name and an address(original required if it contains a photograph)

PROVISIONAL BALLOT

You have the right to cast a provisional ballot IF,

Your name does not appear on the list of registered voters.

You have the right to cast a provisional ballot also IF,

(a) you do not possess one of the seven (7) acceptable forms of photo identification, which is not expired for more than four years, and you can reasonably obtain one of these forms of identification, OR

(b) you possess, but did not bring to the polling place, one of the seven forms of acceptable photo identifi­cation, which is not expired for more than four years, OR

(c) you do not possess one of the seven forms of acceptable photo identification, which is not expired for more than four years, you could otherwise not obtain one due to a reasonable impediment, but you did not bring a supporting form of identification to the polling place.

You have the right to present one of the acceptable forms of photo identification, which is not expired for more than four years, to the county voter registrar's office within six (6) calendar days after Election Day if you cast a provisional ballot.

If you feel that your right to vote has been violated in any way, call the Secretary of State toll-free at 1-800-252-VOTE (8683), via e-mail at elections@sos.texas.gov and by regular mail at Elections Division, P.O. Box12060, Austin, Texas 78711.

Prepared by the League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area, January 2018

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