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Federal law requires that every voting center have a voting system that is accessible to all individuals with disabilities. The law requires that the system provide individuals with disabilities the same opportunity to vote privately and independently as other voters. When possible, the county auditor must use voting centers that are accessible to all voters. In instances where a voting center does not meet accessibility standards, additional assistance must be available. The accessibility standards include:

  • Written notice to voters assigned to an inaccessible voting center explaining the factors that make the voting center inaccessible. This notice must be provided no later than 30 days prior to an election.
  • Reassignment to an accessible voting center upon advance request from a voter assigned to an inaccessible polling place.
  • A disabled parking space.
  • Signs identifying an accessible route of travel to the voting center if different than the primary route.
  • An unobstructed route of travel to the voting center.
  • Level, firm, stable and slip-resistant surfaces.
  • An unobstructed area for voting.
  • At least one voting booth with a maximum height of 30 inches and a minimum knee clearance of 27 inches.
  • Sufficient lighting along the accessible route of travel and within the voting center.

Please contact your county elections department to learn about multilingual services that may be available at your voting site. Assistance may be provided by a person of the voter's choice, or by two election officials of opposite political parties.

For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

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