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What Are Your Rights as a Voter?

If you believe that you have been denied the right to vote based on your race, color, or language minority status, OR that your voting rights under federal law have been otherwise violated, you should initially contact your County Elections Department. For the Dallas County Elections Dept.:

Phone: 214-637-7937.

If, after contacting the County Elections Department, a voter is unable to obtain assistance to resolve a voting rights violation complaint, then contact the Texas Secretary of State Elections division.

Phone: 1-800-252-8683 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday)

If contacting the County and then the State as stated above did not provide a viable resolution, the voter is encouraged to contact the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.

Phone: 1-800-253-3931
FAX: 202-305-075

As a registered voter in Texas, you have certain rights. You have the right to:

  • A ballot with written instructions on how to cast a ballot.
  • Cast your vote in secret, free from intimidation.
  • Receive up to two more ballots if a mistake is made while marking the ballot.
  • Ask for instruction on how to cast the ballot, but not suggestions on how to vote.
  • Bring an interpreter to assist.
  • Assistance if you cannot write, see the ballot, or understand the language in which it is written.
  • Bring written materials into the voting booth to assist in casting a ballot.
  • Report a possible voting rights abuse to your local election official.
  • Cast a provisional ballot if your name does not appear on the list of registered voters or you do not have proper identification.
  • Vote once at any early voting location within the territory conducting the election.
  • File an administrative complaint with the Secretary of State concerning violations of federal and state voting procedures.

Click here to find related information regarding voting rights guaranteed by our federal government.