The following notice was printed in the Longview News Journal on
Sunday, April 20, 2014 & shared by We The People – Longview.
A NOTICE FROM THE GREGG COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE
We have received many applications from voters requesting to receive ballots by mail for the upcoming Primary Run-off Election. We would like to share information from the Secretary of State’s Office with you about the process of voting by mail.
1. Know your rights as a voter: You have the right to vote for the candidates of your choice. You have the right to mark your own ballot or to receive assistance with reading or marking your ballot from a person you know and trust. Your vote is secret. You do not have to tell anyone how or for whom you voted. If a person assists you with reading or marking your ballot, it is a crime for that person to reveal how or for whom you voted.
2. Be careful about assistance: No one should help you with your ballot, unless you cannot read the language written on the ballot or unless you have a disability that makes you unable to write or to see. If one of these conditions applies to you, we recommend that you ask a family member or trusted friend for assistance with your ballot. The person assisting you must mark your ballot according to your instruction and cannot suggest how you should vote. The assistant must place his or her name, address, and signature on the carrier (yellow) envelope.
3. Mail your own ballot: If you can’t get to the mailbox to mail your own ballot, give your ballot to a family member or trusted friend to mail for you. Do not accept offers from strangers to mail your ballot for you.
If you follow these simple guidelines, you can be assured your vote will count. If anyone attempts to pressure or intimidate you, we urge you to report this to your county elections office (903-237-2652).