Persons with Disabilities

Web Accessibility Statement

Hidalgo County Election Department is committed to making the content of our website accessible to all, including individuals with disabilities, and to ensure our website is complying with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, by using World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA.

Voting Order Priority

Voter Registration

Accessible Voting Systems

Accessible Polling Places

Assistance at the Polls


Curbside Voting

Vote By Mail

Services Available to Voters with Disabilities in Texas

Voter Registration

  • People with disabilities have the right to register to vote so long as they are eligible, which means they:
    • Are citizens of the United States;
    • Are at least 17 years and 10 months old at time of registration (but to vote, they must be 18 years of age by Election Day);
    • Have not been finally convicted of a felony, or if they have been convicted, have completed all of their punishment, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, probation, or have received a pardon;
      • Note: Deferred adjudication is not a final felony conviction.
    • Have not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.
  • Individuals who have legal guardians may be eligible to register, depending on whether the court took away their right to vote. All guardianship orders issued after September 1, 2007 must state whether the individual can vote.
  • People with disabilities can receive assistance registering to vote from any state agency that provides services to persons with disabilities or from any person they choose.

Accessible Voting Systems: Tex. Elec. Code Sec. §61.012 (1)(2)

  • On September 1, 1999, Texas became the first state to require that all new voting systems be accessible to voters with disabilities and provide a practical and effective means for voters with disabilities to cast a secret ballot.
  • In every federal election (and most nonfederal elections), each polling place will offer at least one type of accessible voting equipment or (Hart Verity Voting Equipment ATI”) device. This equipment allows voters with disabilities to vote directly on the system or assist them in marking the paper ballot. Depending on the type of system, voters with disabilities may use headphones or other assistive devices to help them vote independently and secretly.
  • In certain nonfederal elections held in counties with a population of less than 20,000, accessible machines may not be available at every polling place. To determine if accessible machines will be available or to request an accommodation, contact the early voting clerk of the county or political subdivision holding the election at least 21 days before the election.

All Polling Places in Texas Must be Accessible: Tex. Election Code Sec. §43.034

Polling places should support voters, not hinder them. When you go to the polls in Texas, you can expect:

  • Your polling place will meet strict accessibility standards, including:
  • A location on the ground floor that can be entered from the street or via an elevator with doors that open at least 36 inches
  • Doors, entrances, and exits used to enter or leave the polling place that are at least 32 inches wide
  • Any curb next to the main entrance to the polling place must have curb-cuts or temporary non-slip ramps
  • Stairs necessary to enter or leave the polling place must have handrails on each side and a non-slip ramp.
  • Removal of all barriers such as gravel, automatically closing gates, closed doors without lever-type handles, or any other barrier that impedes the path of the physically disabled to the voting station.
  • Voting systems that are accessible to voters with physical disabilities and can accommodate no vision, low vision, no hearing, low hearing, limited manual dexterity, limited reach, limited strength, no mobility, low mobility, or any combination of the foregoing (except the combination of no hearing and no vision)
  • Each polling place will offer at least one type of accessible voting equipment. This equipment allows voters with disabilities to vote directly on the system or assist them in marking the paper ballot. Depending on the type of system, voters with disabilities may use headphones or other assistive devices to help them vote independently and secretly.

Voters May Receive Assistance at the Polls: Tex. Election Code Sec. §64.031

Tell the election official if you are a voter who needs help to vote. You do not have to provide proof of your disability. Voters are entitled to receive assistance if they:

  • Cannot read or write; or   (Sec. §64.031)
  • Have a physical disability that prevents them from reading or marking the ballot; or
  • Cannot speak English, or communicate only with sign language, and want assistance in communicating with election officials.

Voters MAY BE assisted by: (Sec. §64.032)

  • Any person the voter chooses who is not an election worker;
  • Two election workers on Election Day; or
  • One election worker during early voting.

Voters MAY NOT be assisted by: (Sec. §64.036)

  • Their employer;
  • An agent of their employer; or
  • An officer or agent of their union.

The person assisting the voter must read him or her the entire ballot, unless the voter asks to have only parts of the ballot read. The person assisting the voter must take an oath that he or she will not try to influence the voter’s vote and will mark the ballot as the voter directs. If the voter chooses to be assisted by polling place officials, poll watchers and election inspectors may observe the voting process, but if the voter asks to be assisted by a person the voter chooses, no one else may watch him or her vote.
It is illegal for a person assisting the voter to:

  • Try to influence the voter’s vote; (Sec. §61.008)
  • Mark the voter’s ballot in a way other than the way they have asked; or (Sec. §61.009)
  • Tell anyone how the voter voted.

Voter Unable to Sign Pollbook or Combination Form

Under Section 63.002(c) of the Code, if the voter cannot sign the voter’s name on the pollbook, combination form, or signature roster to confirm the voters' participation at the polling place, then the election officer shall enter the voter’s name with a notation of the reason for the voter’s inability to sign the roster.

Voters May Use Interpreters at the Polls: Tex. Election Code Sec. §61.032 / §61.034 / §61.036

Voters who cannot speak English, or who communicate only with sign language, may use an interpreter to help them communicate with election officials, regardless of whether the election official(s) attending to the voter can speak the same language as the voter. The voter may select any person other than the voter’s employer, an agent of the voter’s employer, or an officer or agent of a labor union to which the voter belongs. If the voter cannot read the languages on the ballot, the interpreter may also assist by translating the language on the ballot for the voter in the voting booth. (See assistance section above for more details.) If the voter is deaf and does not have a sign language interpreter who can accompany them to help communicate with the poll worker or read the ballot, the voter should contact his or her local election officials before the election and request assistance. NOTE: This is a change in prior law, due to Court Orders issued on August 12 and 30, 2016

Curbside Voting: Tex. Election Code Sec. §64.009

If a voter is physically unable to enter the polling location, they may request for an election official to provide a voting machine to either the entrance of the polling location or to their vehicle at the designated curbside parking. Once the voter has finished marking their ballot, they will return the voting machine to the election official, who will then deposit their ballot at the scan box. 

Upon arrival at the polling location keep an eye out for the ADA buzzer or call sign which will alert the election officials of the voter's arrival or entry. Designated parking will be provided to accommodate curbside voters.  Curbside setups will vary depending on locations, but all polling locations provide curbside voting.

Please consider that curbside voting is a process that requires time. It is recommended for anyone utilizing curbside voting to allow themselves ample time to complete the process. 

Voters May Vote Early, Either in Person or by Mail

Voters who vote during the early voting period may vote at any early voting site in the political subdivision that is holding the election. Alternatively, if a voter will be 65 years of age or older on Election Day, has a disability, or will be outside the county during early voting hours and on Election Day, the voter can apply to vote by mail. Simply submit a completed and signed Application for a Ballot by Mail any time from the 60th to the 11th day before Election Day to the proper county early voting clerk. Applications for a Ballot by Mail may also be submitted in person at the main early voting polling location, as long as early voting by personal appearance is NOT taking place. For further information on voting early in person or by mail, including information on assistance in requesting, marking, or mailing a ballot by mail, please see our “Ballot by mail” or our Polling Places" page. Or call us at (956) 544-0809

For additional information, contact:

Secretary of State
Elections Division
P.O. Box 12060
Austin, Texas 78711-2060
512.463.5650 or 1.800.252.VOTE (8683)
Fax 512.475.2811, TTY 7.1.1

Disability Rights Texas
Voting Rights Project for Voters with Disabilities
2222 West Braker Lane
Austin, TX 78758
1-888-796-VOTE (8683) (V/TTY)
Fax: 512-323-0902

Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
316 W. 12th Street, Suite 405
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 478-3366
Fax: (512) 478-3370

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities 
6201 E. Oltorf St., Ste. 600
Austin, TX 78741-7509
Phone: 512-437-5432
Toll-Free: 1-800-262-0334

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Salvador Hernandez Jr; Elections Analyst
Phone number: 956-318-2570