There are multiple options available for voters who require accessible methods to cast their votes. It is up to the voter to decide which method is best suited for them. Election officials cannot make this decision for you, and your ballot will remain anonymous no matter which method you choose.
Absentee voting by mail is an option available to Missouri voters who are unable to vote in person due to illness or disability. If you qualify, you can request an absentee ballot application that doesn’t require notarization. The deadline for submitting the application is 5 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday prior to the election.
If you have a permanent disability, you can request to be included in a list of voters who automatically receive an absentee ballot application before each election. You can contact your local election officials to learn more about this option.
Accessible voting machines are available to accommodate voters with different needs, including those with print disabilities. If you require an accessible voting machine, inform the election officials as soon as you arrive at the polling place to allow them time to set it up for you. The accessible voting machine offers multiple features to cater to different needs.
If you are blind, you can choose to have the ballot read out loud to you through a human-sounding voice using a set of headphones available at the polling station. If you prefer, you can bring your own headset.
If you have limited vision, you can elect to view the ballot in larger print without the need for a magnifier.
If you have a learning disability or an intellectual disability, accessible voting machines offer features that may help you.
If you have limited use of your hands, the voting machine has easy-to-use knobs and buttons.
If you require assistance in marking your ballot, you can bring someone of your choice who is at least 18 years old to help you in the voting booth. If you don't have anyone available, two election officials (one Democrat and one Republican) can assist you.
Curbside voting is an option for voters who are unable to enter the polling location due to health limitations. Election officials can bring the ballot to your car in a clearly marked driving lane/parking spot. If you are in the City of St. Louis, you can use a doorbell to alert officials that you need curbside voting. In St. Louis County, you can follow a sign to request your ballot or ask someone to alert a poll worker.
All polling locations are required to have wheelchair-accessible voting booths.
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.