A special election for Texas Senate District 15 will be held Saturday

Voting FAQ: 2024 elections

  • What other elections should I know about?

    Texas voters may be able to vote in the following elections:

    May 4th Elections for many local elected offices and bond proposals that are not part of county government. The voter registration deadline is April 4th.

    28th of May Primaries for elected office in which no candidate received more than half of the vote during the Republican and Democratic primaries in March. The voter registration deadline is April 29th.

    November 5th General elections for many state, federal and district offices. The voter registration deadline is October 7th.

  • Are there rules for elections?

    Mobile phones, cameras, computers and other devices that can record sound or images are not allowed to be used within 30 meters of polling stations (where ballot papers are marked). There are usually traffic cones or signs indicating this. Election campaigning, including wearing clothing or other items that draw attention to candidates, political parties or measures on the ballot, is also prohibited. Voters are permitted to use written notes when casting their ballot at the discretion of election officials, who may determine whether the material is considered electioneering. Texas law also prohibits firearms, including handguns, in polling places.

  • What rights do I have as a voter?

    Voters have the right:

    – cast a provisional vote if they are registered but their name does not appear in the list of registered voters due to an administrative problem

    – Get written instructions about how to cast a ballot or ask a polling place official or employee (but not about who or what to vote for).

    – Use up to two additional ballots to make corrections if a voter makes a mistake while marking their ballot

    – generally cast their ballots in secret and should not be subject to intimidation

    – if they have a disability or limited English proficiency, use interpretation, assistance or accommodations for voting

    – vote during working hours without being penalized or losing wages (this may not apply if an employee has two hours before or after work to vote)

    – Cast your vote while waiting in line by 7:00 p.m. on election day

    A state law passed in 2023 also allows voters with disabilities or mobility limitations to skip the line at their polling place and requires each polling place to have designated curbside parking for voting.

  • What if I planned to vote in person but I was diagnosed with COVID-19 or became ill?

    If you have COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, you should consider requesting emergency early voting or using curbside voting.

    Emergency ballots: These ballots may be requested if you become ill or disabled shortly before an election and are unable to go to a polling place on Election Day. To qualify, you must designate a representative to personally file an application on your behalf and have a certified medical certificate. The application must be received at your county's early voting location before 5:00 p.m. on Election Day.

    In order for your ballot to be counted, it must be returned by the same designated representative before 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Contact your county elections office for more information about early voting due to illness or disability.

    Curbside Voting: You can also contact your county elections office to determine whether you are eligible to vote curbside. This election must be available at every polling place for voters with disabilities who do not have access to the polling place.

  • What can I do if I have problems voting?

    At the polls, voters can speak to election officials or poll workers if they encounter problems. The Secretary of State's Office has a hotline at 1-800-252-VOTE (8683) to reach prosecutors who can assist voters and election officials with questions. A coalition of voting rights groups operates voter protection hotlines in multiple languages. Disability Rights Texas also offers a hotline for people with disabilities.

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