March 5, 2024
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El Paso County Elections Department | Lisa Wise, Elections Administrator

Voters with Disabilities

El Paso County has made provisions to ensure voters with disabilities have the ability to cast their vote independently and in secret. Every polling place will provide an ADA compliant voting system accessible to voters with disabilities and offer an audio ballot specially for voters with vision or reading impairments.

Assistance at the Polls

Tell the election worker if you are a voter who needs assistance to vote, you do not have to provide proof of your disability.

Voters are entitled to receive assistance if they:

  1. Cannot read or write; or
  2. Have a physical disability that prevents them from reading or marking the ballot.

Voters may be assisted by:

  1. Any person the voter chooses who is not an election worker;
  2. Two election workers on Election Day; or
  3. One election worker during Early Voting.

Voters MAY NOT be assisted by:

  1. Their employer;
  2. An agent of their employer; or
  3. An officer or agent of the union.

It is illegal for a person assisting the voter to:

  1. Try to influence the voter’s vote;
  2. Mark the voter’s ballot in a way other than the way they have asked; or
  3. Tell anyone how the voter voted.

Voting Order Priority for Voters with Certain Disabilities

Pursuant to Section 63.0015, Texas Election Code: An election worker shall give order priority to individuals with a mobility problem that substantially impairs the person’s ability to move around.
- A person assisting an individual with a mobility problem may also, at the individual’s request, be given voting order priority.
- Disabilities and conditions that may qualify you for voting order priority include paralysis, lung disease, the use of portable oxygen, cardiac deficiency, severe limitation in the ability to walk due to arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition, wheelchair confinement, arthritis, foot disorder, the inability to walk 200 feet without stopping to rest, or of a brace, cane, crutch, or other assistive device.
- Voter who wish to be given voting order priority, and be accepted for voting before others in line to vote at the polling place, may indicate this to any election worker serving at the polling place. The presiding election judge shall bring the voter and the voter’s assistant, if applicable, forward to the front of the line.

Curbside Voting

If a voter is physically unable to enter the voting location without assistance or likelihood of injury to his or her health, they may ask that an election worker bring a voting unit during Early Voting or Election Day to their car at the entrance of the voting location. All curbside voters will be allowed the same privacy as a voter at the voting booth.

Pursuant to Section 64.009, Texas Election Code: If a voter is physically unable to enter the polling place without assistance or likelihood of injury to his or her health, an election worker may deliver a ballot to the voter at the entrance or curb of the polling place. If the voter is not only physically unable to enter the polling place, but is also eligible for voter assistance in marking his/her ballot:
- Two election workers may assist the voter (Section 64.032(a)) or;
- The voter may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of that employer (Section 64.032(c); 42 U.S.C.A. 1973aa-6).

Every voting location during Early Voting or Election Day will designate a space for curbside voting. If you are a voter requesting curbside voting, you may call or text to request assistance. The phone number will be displayed in an A-Frame sign that will be placed at the designated spot. We ask that you park in front of the sign for assistance.

For more information please contact our office at 915-546-2154.

Curbside Voting Informational Video


Additional Resources

Texas Secretary of State: Notice of Voting Order Priority for Voters with Certain Disabilities

Texas Secretary of State: Services Available to Voters with Disabilities in Texas

Disability Rights Texas

United States Election Assistance Commission

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