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Texas Voters’ Bill of Rights


You have the right to vote. On Election Day November 4, polls are open 7a.m.-7 p.m.; if you are in line at 7 p.m. stay put; you get to vote. Bexar.org/elections for precint info.

You don’t have to present your voter-registration card as long as you’re registered. As long as you’re registered, other forms of ID are valid. See http://law.onecle.com/texas/election/63.0101.00.html

You have the right to be assisted with voting.
Disabled Texans can receive assistance at the voting booth; but no “help” from employers or union officers.

You have the right to vote without entering the polling site. Not for the lazy, but for the elderly and disabled who are unable to walk into their precinct polling place. Request curb delivery.

You have the right to vote if you present your voter registration card. Perhaps you just moved into the precinct and Bexar County didn’t put you on the precinct list. You can vote, but you must sign an affidavit that your crib is in the precinct.

You have the right to vote in the election precinct of your former residence. If you moved within the county but failed to update your address, you can vote under your previous address.

You have the right to receive up to three replacement ballots. If you make a mistake on a paper ballot, just ask; they have more.

You have the right to wait to vote and you have the right to take your time to decide whom to vote for. Don’t fear the heckling of people waiting in line or election judges. Hint: Early voting is still on till October 31. Visit bexar.org/elections for details.

You have the right to vote if you are a convicted felon and have discharged your full sentence or have been pardoned.

You have the right to have a child under the age of 18 with you while you vote. In case you don’t have a babysitter or are trying to teach the next generation that voting is important.

You have the right to receive assistance from an interpreter at the polling place. Sign language, Spanish, or any other language … as long as they’re registered to vote in your county.

You have the right to bilingual election materials. Tiene derecho de recibir ayuda de un interprete en la casilla.

You have the right to take this bill of rights into the voting booth. Clip this out and go vote.

Love, Your San Antonio Current

MALDEF voting rights hotline: 1 (877) 224-5476

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