Six Tips for Voters with Disabilities

September 8, 2016

Voting is one of the many aspects of full community inclusion that individuals with disabilities have a right to access. Before Election Day on Tuesday, November 8, check out these tips for voters with disabilities from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission:

  1. Learn more about voting. Before Election Day, contact or visit your State or local elections office to learn about voter registration, the ballot and candidates, and the accessibility of the polling place. You can also find information about accessible voting at their websites, which you can access at this link
  2. Register to vote. Your local elections office can help you register to vote, and many states even offer online voter registration. Make sure you know the registration deadline.
  3. Choose the right voting method for you. You may be able to vote at your designated local polling place on election day, vote early, or vote through the mail by absentee voting. You can pick the voting option that works best for you.
  4. Communicate your needs in advance. If you want to learn about accessibility and accommodations, contact your local elections office. On election day, let the poll workers know about any support you need.
  5. Check the location and accessibility of your polling place. Your State or local elections office can tell you the location of your polling place. Planning ahead will help you figure out transportation, parking, and accessibility of the building and the voting equipment.
  6. Know your rights. Under The Help America Vote Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, you have the right to vote privately and independently. For more information, check out the accessibility resources from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission at this link.

For a full list of ten tips from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, visit this link.


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