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Your Rights As A Texas Voter

On Tuesday, March 5, millions of voters will take to the polls and cast their votes for whom they believe should lead this country for the next four years in the primary election. Voters will also decide candidates for state and local offices. Because voting is so important, this Editorial page will be dedicated to the rights that we all have as voters. The following rights are guaranteed to all of us.  If you believe your right to vote has been violated in any way, contact the Secretary of State at the toll-free number 1-800-2258683. I want to thank the League of Women Voters for making this valuable information available to the state's voters.

On Tuesday, March 5, millions of voters will take to the polls and cast their votes for whom they believe should lead this country for the next four years in the primary election. Voters will also decide candidates for state and local offices. Because voting is so important, this Editorial page will be dedicated to the rights that we all have as voters. The following rights are guaranteed to all of us. 

  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 your privacy.
  3. You have the right to stay in the 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
  5. You have the right to request assistance when voting from a poll worker.
  6. You have the right to vote if you are disabled.
  7. You have the right to vote if you cannot read or write.
  8. You have the right to vote but must show accepted Texas ID, United States Military Identification, United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph, United States passport.
  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 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 a 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 Voter’s Bill of Rights or any other papers, including a sample ballot, voter guide or campaign material, into the voting booth with you.
  14. You have the right to vote at any polling place in Bexar County on Election Day any time between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 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 7:00 p.m. you still have the right to vote. For other counties, check with your county officials.
  15. You have the right to bring your children into the voting booth with you.

If you believe your right to vote has been violated in any way, contact the Secretary of State at the toll-free number 1-800-2258683.

I want to thank the League of Women Voters for making this valuable information available to the state’s voters.

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