Federal and state laws require that all polling places be physically accessible to voters with disabilities and be supplied with voting equipment that allows voters with disabilities the ability to cast a ballot. If you are a voter with a disability or need assistance to vote, several voting options are available to you.
You can choose to receive help at the polls during Early Voting or on Election Day. You can choose anyone to help you (except an agent of your employer or union), or request help from two poll workers at the polling place. Your helper can provide you with assistance in marking and casting your ballot. You will need to fill out a form affirming that you need help, unless you indicated on your voter registration application that you need assistance. The person you choose to help you will also have to fill out a form stating that they will provide help. If you have any questions about receiving voting assistance, please ask the clerk at the polling place.
You can choose to vote using an accessible marking device at the polls. The voting system used in Leon County can be configured to allow a voter with a disability to mark their ballot with little or no assistance and in secret. For voters with blindness or low vision, the system includes an audio feature that will read out the ballot options. If you would like to use the accessibility features of the voting system, please ask the clerk at the polling place.
All voters, including voters with disabilities, can request a Vote-by-Mail ballot. With a Vote-by-Mail ballot, you can vote from the comfort of your own home and take as much time as you need to fill out your ballot. In addition, you can have anyone (except an agent of your employer or union) mark the choices for you or have the person assist you in marking your choices on the ballot. Please note that you still must sign or mark the voter’s certificate on the Vote-by-Mail ballot envelope. Please visit our Vote-by-Mail page for further information.
If you reside within an assisted living facility or nursing home, your facility may offer the opportunity to participate in supervised voting. With supervised voting, staff from the election office will visit your assisted living or nursing home facility shortly before the election and provide you with your Vote-by-Mail ballot. Election staff will also provide you with assistance in completing your ballot.
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