73ºF

What you should do if you have a problem at the polls

photo

HOUSTON – Voting is every American’s right, but complications may arise that could prevent someone from letting their voice be heard.

In Texas, all registered voters have a right to a ballot. Issues such as address changes on their ID, voter influence and intimidation, sometimes happen. You as a voter have the right to bring the issue to light.

Here are some ways you can report a problem at the polls to election officials.

1. Talk to an election judge at the polling place

According to the Texas Secretary of State, you can request to speak to an election judge about an issue you may have regarding the election or the polling place.

2. Talk to your local county officials

To report a problem in the Houston-area, you can contact your local county clerk if the issue is not resolved at the poll or if you would rather take it to local officials. Here’s who you should contact.

Harris County

  • Chris Hollins, Harris County Clerk: 713-755-6965
  • Ann Harris Bennett, Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar: 713-274-8200

Galveston County

  • Dwight D. Sullivan, Galveston County Clerk: 409-770-5108

Brazoria County

  • Joyce Hudman, Brazoria County Clerk: 979-864-1662

Fort Bend County

  • Hon. Laura Richard, Fort Bend County Clerk: 281-341-8670

3. Call the Election Protection Hotline

According to Vote.org and VoteTexas.org, if you were denied your right to vote or if there was a problem while voting, you can call the hotline at 866-687-8683 (OUR-VOTE).

4. File a complaint with the Texas Secretary of State

To file a complaint, click here to download a complaint form and fill it out in its entirety. The form can be mailed, scanned and emailed or faxed to the Texas Secretary of State’s office.

  • Mail: P.O. Box 12060, Austin, Texas 78711-2060
  • Fax: 512.475.2811
  • Email: elections@sos.texas.gov

About the Author: