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What if you encounter problems when trying to vote?

Agencies in Charge of Voting

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Secretary of State

The Office of the Texas Secretary of State is in charge of all election-related matters in Texas. In addition, this office is in charge of all voter registration in Texas, and maintains official lists of all registered voters.

Elections Division
Secretary of State
P.O. Box 12887
Austin, Texas 78711-2887
1-800-252-VOTE (8683)
http://www.sos.state.tx.us/
Email: elections@sos.state.tx.us

County Elections Administrators

These offices are charged with running elections within their counties. They are a good source for registration information, as well as specific information about upcoming elections. They also prepare precinct maps and provide election results. If you encounter problems when you go to vote, you should first contact your county Elections Department.

Dallas County Elections Department
Dallas County Health and Human Resources Bldg.
2377 N. Stemmons Frwy. Suite 820
Dallas, Texas 75207
(214) 637-7937
http://www.dallascountyvotes.org/
Email: dallascountyvotes@dallascounty.org

Collin County Elections Department
2010 Redbud Blvd.
Suite 102
McKinney, TX 75069
972-547-1990 (McKinney)
972-424-1460 ext. 1990 (Metro)
800-687-8546 (Toll Free)

http://www.collincountytx.gov/elections/Pages/default.aspx Email: election@collincountytx.gov

City of Richardson

City elections are administered by the City Secretary.

Richardson Civic Center
411 W. Arapaho Rd.
Richardson, TX 75080
972-744-4292
http://www.cor.net

City of Dallas

City elections are administered by the City Secretary. Detailed informaion about City of Dallas elections can be found on the website of the League of Women Voters of Dallas.

City of Dallas
1500 Marilla Street
Dallas, TX 75201
214-670-3738
http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/cso/index.html
Email: citysecretary@dallascityhall.com

School Districts

Each school district administers its own elections.

Richardson Independent School District
400 S. Greenville Ave.
Richardson, Texas 75081
469-593-0000
http://www.risd.org/

Plano Independent School District
2700 W. 15th Street
Plano, Texas 75075
469-752-8100
http://www.pisd.edu/

Political Parties

Other Leagues

The League of Women Voters of Richardson serves the citizens of Richardson who live in either Dallas County or Collin County. Other local leagues include:

Members of our local league are also members of the:

If You Encounter Problems While Voting

Some problems are likely to arise in any election. If you experience a problem when you are trying to vote, it can be very frustrating trying to find a solution.

Assuming that you were unable to resolve your problem with the poll workers or election judge at your polling place, the next place to go when encountering a voting problem is to the agency administering the election. In most elections, this will be your county Elections Department, although in local elections it could be the city or school district (listed above).

If you are unable to resolve your problem with the agency administering the election, contact the Secretary of State's Election Division (also listed above). They may be able to contact the election administrator and help you solve the problem.

If you could not vote and are unable to resolve the problem with the Secretary of State, or if you feel that your civil rights have been violated, you can contact the United States Department of Justice. This agency is charged with upholding federal laws concerning elections and the rights of voters.

A complaint form for the Department of Justice can be found here.

The Department of Justice has established a single address for the receipt of all United States Postal Service mail. All mail to the Voting Section must have the full address listed below:

Chief, Voting Section
Civil Rights Division
Room 7254 - NWB
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20530

Deliveries by overnight express service such as Airborne, DHL, Federal Express or UPS should be addressed to:

Chief, Voting Section
Civil Rights Division
Room 7254 - NWB
Department of Justice
1800 G St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20006

You may call the Voting Section toll-free at:
(800) 253-3931 or
(202) 307-2767

You can send an email message to Voting.Section@usdoj.gov for requests for Voting Section records or Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents. Please put the phrase "Records Request" in the subject line.

A summary of the federal voting laws enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice can be found by clicking here.