It is your right to vote privately and independently. Please call the [Insert: County] office at (660) 248-2284 with questions about accessible voting in [Insert: County]. If you’re deaf or hard of hearing and use a TDD/TTY, dial 711 to be connected to a telecommunications relay service operator free of cost.
Voting absentee by mail
Voting absentee by mail gives all registered voters in [Insert: County] the opportunity to vote without having to travel to a voting location.
Permanent absentee voting is an option for people with disabilities.
[Insert: State] offers an accessible vote-by-mail option to allow voters to use assistive technology to read and mark the ballot electronically. You must print your marked ballot and return it in an envelope by mail or in person at an approved dropoff location.
You can request this service by calling [Insert: phone number] or emailing [Insert: email].
Voting materials in accessible formats
Voter guides and sample ballots are available in large print and audio formats. You can request these materials by calling [Insert: phone number] or emailing [Insert: email]. Accessible-format materials will be available starting 30 days before the election.
Accessible voting locations
Voting locations must be made accessible for all people, regardless of ability. Under [Insert: State] and Federal law, all voters must be given the same opportunity for access and participation in the voting process.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) protect the right of people with disabilities to vote. These laws require that:
- Voting is private and independent
- Every voting location has an accessible voting machine
- Every voting location has accessible parking
- Voting locations have an accessible entrance and an accessible route to the entrance
- Voting locations provide an accessible route to the voting area
- Voting locations offer accessible voting procedures
- People who are blind or low vision get the help they need
Election workers are trained to work with voters with disabilities and to make the voting process accessible.
If you can’t enter the voting place, you may vote curbside. Trained election workers will bring a ballot to you. You may sit in your car and vote, or you may vote at the door of the building.
Remote ASL interpreters
To assist deaf and hard-of-hearing voters, polling places will provide access to remote video interpreters in American Sign Language. To use the service, simply approach the tablet provided at the check-in station and follow the prompts on the tablet.
Accessible voting machines
Every voting location is required to have a voting machine that is ADA compliant. These machines include features like audio ballots, large print/zoom features, and height and tilt adjustments on the screens. Please let the election workers know if you have questions or need assistance with the voting machine.
Casting your ballot
You’ll find instructions for marking and casting your ballot posted in each voting location. If you have any questions about how to mark or cast your ballot, or if you have incorrectly marked a ballot, contact an election worker for instructions.
Assistance at the voting location
If you need assistance, you may bring someone with you to help you vote, or you may ask for help from an election worker. Anyone is permitted to help you vote except for your employer, an agent or your employer, or an agent of your union. The person who helps you vote is prohibited from influencing your selections and cannot tell others how you voted.
Signing election documents
If you can’t sign your name, you can use another legal mark, such as an approved signature stamp, or you can mark an “X” on the signature line.
If you can’t make any mark, you must indicate in some manner to the person assisting you that you want to sign your name. The person helping you must sign the election form and attest that you indicated that you want to sign the election form.
[Insert: County] Notice of Accessibility
Further notice is given that, when a polling place has limited accessibility, a voter who is elderly or has a disability may be provided an alternate means of casting a ballot. Such means may include:
- Curbside voting
- Assisted voting
- Voting absentee by mail
A voter may apply for an absentee ballot in person or by mail or may have a relative or guardian apply in person on his or her behalf. If a voter has a permanent disability, they are not required to have the signature notarized. In addition, voters requiring assistance may be assisted by a person of the voter’s choice.
For more information on registration and voting in [Insert: County], contact the [Insert: County] office by telephone at (660) 248-2284 or by mail at:
One Courthouse Square
Fayette, MO 65248