Sunday, October 31, 2004

Texas Voter Bill of Rights

Voting is the most direct way for you to affect your government -- don't let anyone deprive you of this precious right! Read through the list below and be aware of your rights before you go to the polls, and use the information below if you encounter any harassment or intimidation.

* You are entitled to vote without being harassed or intimidated by anyone.

* Bring personal identification with you to the polls (driver's license, government ID, bank statement or utility bill).

* If you forget your ID, you can still vote. (All you need to do is sign an affidavit or you can vote by provisional ballot. Try to avoid this route, as these ballots could take 1-5 days to be counted!). Better yetDON’T FORGET YOUR ID!

* If records show you have moved, you can vote by signing an address confirmation.

* If you are in line at the polling place before the polls close, you can vote.

* You have the right to receive a demonstration of voting equipment before voting.

* If you are disabled, or are over the age of 65, or are having difficulties, you have the right to an accessible polling place and help in voting.

If anyone challenges your right to vote:

* Ask for the name of the person who is denying you the right to vote and write it down.
* Ask to talk to a supervisor and lodge a complaint or call the Harris County Election’s Office at: 713-368-POLL (7055)
* Call the Harris County Democratic Party at 713-802-0085 and report your complaint.

Election Protection Hotline:
1-866-MYVOTE1 to report problems
1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) for immediate legal assistance

Employees who do not have two hours before or after work to vote may take leave to vote.
Employees are entitled to paid leave.
Source: Texas Election Code § 276.004.

Find your voting location in Harris County with just your name or precinct number.

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