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The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires that Harris County’s voting program be accessible to individuals with disabilities. Harris County Elections Department has a grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging actions prohibited by the ADA.

If you or a person with a disability has encountered obstacles to voting or has been discriminated against in violation of the ADA, you can file a complaint using the Disability Complaint Form. If you need assistance with filling out the form, Harris County personnel (including election judges, poll workers, employees) or the ADA Coordinator will assist you.

Voting by Mail


In Texas, voters who are 65 years of age or older or are disabled may submit an annual ballot by mail application to the early voting clerk starting on the first day of a calendar year.

Temporarily disabled voters may submit a ballot by mail application for a specific election at any time in the year of the election for which a ballot is requested, but not later than the close of regular business in the early voting clerk's office or 12 noon, whichever is later, on the 11th day before election day unless that day is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal state or national holiday, in which case the last day is the first preceding regular business day. Eligible applicants will receive a ballot in the mail and must return it to the early voting clerk. The voted ballot must be delivered to the Election Administrator's Office via mail, or common or contract courier by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Voting by Curbside


If a voter is physically unable to enter the polling place, he or she may ask that an election officer to bring a ballot to a car parked at the curbside voting location. A special curbside buzzer will be placed near the entrance of the poll so a curbside voter may ring the buzzer from their car. 

After the voter marks the ballot, they will give it to the election officer, who will put it in the ballot box. Or, at the voter’s request, a companion may hand the voter a ballot and deposit it for him or her. Voting curbside will not shorten the time at the polls as curbside voters are voted as their place in line arrives to the qualification table.
If you have any questions regarding Curbside Voting, you may contact the Elections office at 713-755-6965. 

Voting at the Polling Location


The voting equipment affords voters with disabilities the capability to vote independently and privately at the polling location during the Early Voting Period or on Election Day. 
The voting equipment is pre-equipped with two large buttons as an accessibility aid to voters whose tactile skills do not lend easily to operating embedded buttons. The jack into which these tactile inputs are plugged is a standard 3.5mm jack, allowing voters who prefer to provide their own input device (such as a sip/puff device) to do so. Also available to the voter are a pair of standard headphones, or the option to plug in their own headphones, through which all operations will be narrated. This allows a voter with vision impairments to navigate the voting equipment without assistance from a third party. 

Special Circumstances


You may submit an application for a late ballot because of sickness or disability after the last day of early voting and before 5:00pm on election day. In order to qualify the sickness or disability must originate on or after the 12th day before election day. (Secs. 102.001; 102.003).

You may submit an application to vote due to a death in the immediate family that occurred on or after the 5th day before election day and will be absent from the county on election day. (Secs. 103.001; 103.003b).

Voters are required to submit an application for these specific instances. Please contact the Elections Division at 713-755-6965 for questions.

Notice of Voting Order Priority


Pursuant to Section 63.0013, Election Code: An election officer may give voting order priority to individuals with a mobility problem that substantially impairs the person's ability to move around.

Voters who wish to be given voting order priority, and be accepted for voting before others in line to vote at that polling place may indicate this to any election officer serving at the polling place. The presiding election judge will determine whether the voter and the voter's assistant, if applicable, will be brought forward to the front of the line.

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