Your Rights as a Voter

When it comes to voting, your rights extend far beyond just being able to walk in and cast your ballot. Thousands of Panhandle voters have already cast their ballots, but for those of you who have not, you have the option of voting in either English or Spanish.

That's just one of several rights you have as a Texas voter. Others include the right to use an audio ballot if you are sight impaired and the right to an assistant, whether it's from the county or a person you bring with you to the polls. One of the biggest misconceptions people have is that you have to be totally silent in the polling place.

Potter County Clerk Julie Smith says, "no you can't talk amongst yourselves but you can turn around and ask one of the election officials. You know, I don't understand this, what's going on. We want you to know. Ask." If you do request assistance from someone other than an election official, that person must take an oath of assistance and swear not to sway your vote.

If you need a ride to the polls, you can call the Panhandle Young Democrats/Amarillo Obama Headquarters at (806) 331-6299. If you have any questions about your rights to vote or the voting process you can go to