Accessible Remote Ballot (ARB) Marking System
The Accessible Remote Ballot (ARB) Marking System is an electronic ballot marking system that allows voters with disabilities to vote privately and independently. ARB is HAVA and ADA compliant and compatible with various assistive devices, including all primary screen readers, tactile switches, closed captioning, and audio-enabled systems.
How to request and access the ARB Marking System:
1. Complete the ARB Marking System Request Form and email it to the ADA Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. The ADA Coordinator will process your ARB request and email you a link to log into the ARB online portal.
3. Click the link, log into the secure online portal with your name and birth date, and then complete the ballot. If needed, use your assistive device/technology to read and mark your ballot with your choices.
4. Follow all included instructions, print your voted ballot, and return it to the Board by mail or at any Mail Ballot Drop Box or Vote Center location. PLEASE NOTE: Voted ballots cannot be returned via email.
To vote curbside, a poll worker must be told that you need curbside assistance. When a poll worker is notified that you wish to vote curbside, one of the election officials will bring a ballot to you and provide assistance as needed. It is suggested that you call ahead to let the election officials at the polling site know that you wish to vote curbside. Call 202-727-2525 to obtain the polling place telephone number where you will be voting. Persons with a TDD or TTY device may call 202-639-8916.
Transfer your Ballot
You may also request to transfer your ballot to another polling location if you believe your assigned polling place is not accessible for your disability. You must contact the SCBOE office at least 7 days before the election to make this transfer.
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.