Texas voting issues
This page is part of the Election Protection Wiki,
Election and registration information
- Voter information: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/index.shtml
For the 2008 election Texas used the following voting machines in addition to hand-counted paper ballots in some counties. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.
- Main article: Voting machines
Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:
- Diebold AccuVote TS
- Diebold AccuVote TSX
- Election Systems & Software's iVotronic voting machine
Optical scan machines:
- Premier Election Solutions's (Diebold) AccuVote-OS voting machine
- Election Systems & Software's Model 100 voting machine
- Election Systems & Software's Model 650 voting machine
- Hart Intercivic E-Scan
Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots
Secretary of State Hope Andrade
- 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
- October 16, 2008. Deceptive emails targeting at Democrats claim voters who chose both a "straight party" option and also specify a candidate of that party will not have their votes count. 
- El Paso County is on the 2008 Black Box Voting Watch List, "due to many recent indictments of El Paso public officials on corruption charges and for obstruction of Black Box Voting freedom of information requests."
- Collin, Guadalupe, Jackson, Lee, Sherman and Wilson counties are on the 2008 Black Box Voting Watch List because they will be using the Diebold/Premier GEMS system in November. This central tabulation system is the subject of a product advisory. It has been discovered dropping votes, a defect which will not be fixed by the 2008 general election.
- Texas' remaining 49 counties are on the 2008 Black Box Voting Watch List because,
"... they have been coerced into dependence on a private vendor for all phases of their election administration -- undermining the entire structure of the county election system. Several of these counties have experienced miscounted elections due to unqualified technicians provided by the vendor. Several counties show symptoms of tampering -- such as mismatched results inside the machine; failure to produce "zero" reports (symptom of vote-stuffing); and vote-flipping (votes marked for one candidate migrate to another candidate).
- October 20, 2008. Obama Texas campaign (2008) issued an e-mail titled "Dirty tricks and bad information in Texas." Excerpt:
"Dirty tricks designed to mislead Texas voters have been spreading across the state, and many Obama supporters are getting incorrect information about the voting process. Bogus claims about voting machines are spreading via email chains -- and in one reported case, even broadcast on a Houston radio station -- that could have a huge impact on voter turn out on Election Day. Here is the truth that every Texan should know: If you vote a straight Democratic Ticket you will cast your ballot for Barack."
- Main article: Voter suppression
State and local non-governmental election organizations
League of Women Voters
LWV of Texas, Karen Nicholson, President
- 1212 Guadalupe Street, #107
- Austin, TX 78701-1800
- Phone: 512-472-1100
- Fax: 512-472-4114
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Austin Area
- Bay Area
- Brazos County
- Comal Area
- Corpus Christi
- El Paso
- Galveston Area
- Johnson County MAL
- Kerrville Area
- Plano-Collin County
- San Antonio
- San Marcos
- Sherman/Grayson County
- Tarrant County
- Tyler/Smith County
- Waco Area
- Wichita Falls
- Description: "VoteRescue is a non-partisan Texas-based election integrity organization that is dedicated to restoring accessibility, fairness, accuracy and total transparency to the democratic process of voting in the United States."
Articles and resources
- The main page on election protection and reform organizations.
- All articles in the Election Protection Wiki project.
- For election day: Things citizens can do to monitor elections and If you are told you cannot vote.
- Kelly Shannon (October 16, 2008). "Democrats Cry Foul Over Suspicious Email", Associated Press.
- From Black Box Voting, (TX) 2008 election protection Watch List locations, retrieved October 12, 2008.
- Fighting Dirty Tricks, Texans for Obama, October 20, 2008.
- VoteRescue description from VoteRescue website. Retrieved October 12, 2008.
- GoVote.org locates your polling place and other voting information.
- Google map polling locations locates most polling location, may be missing or out of date.
Election Protection hotlines
- 866-OUR-VOTE (National Election Protection Hotline)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español)
- 800-966-5946 (AALDEF, Asian languages)
- 866-MYVOTE1 (Tom Joyner Hotline - VoterAction, NAACP National Voter Fund)
- 877-523-2792 (ACLU Voting Rights Project Hotline)
- 877-US4-OBAMA (Obama campaign Voter Hotline)
- 866-976-VOTE (McCain campaign Honest and Open Election hotline - leave a message)
- 877-GOCNN08 (CNN Voter Problem Tipline)
- 888-VOTE-TIP (VelvetRevolution Election Protection Hotline for fraud)
- 567-258-VOTE (Twitter Vote Report key in report or leave audio message)
- ACLU's "Know Your Voting Rights - State by State" -- printable brochures summarizing your voting rights, for most states.
- One-page know your rights summaries for 27 states from the AFL-CIO.
- Click here to see the voter ID requirements in all states. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials
- Why Tuesday? offers a page for Texas that helps locate Texas's elections officials, election reform groups, and elected officials, as well as a page titled Find a group in your area that lets you find similar information for other states.
- Click here to request an absentee ballot. Go Vote Absentee is a project of the Women Donors Network.
- Information for voters with disabilities from NDRN.
Student voting rights
- See Texas Student Voting Rights for a guide to student voting rights in Texas. See Student Voting Rights for a guide to other states. From the Brennan Center for Justice.
- See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.
- Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español
- Verified Voting's Texas page, which provides detailed information on voting equipment in use in every county in Texas.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Texas page, which provides detailed information on election law developments in Texas. See map page to see the information for election developments in any given state.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Texas general information page, which provides information on Texas election authorities, post-election processes, and other topics. See map page to see this information for any given state.
Voter ID Toolkit
- Stewart M. Powell, Some Texas-based soldiers report problems casting ballots, Houston Chronicle, October 30, 2008.