Helping Voters with Disabilities Participate in Our Democratic Process

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During the 2022 midterm election, 38.3 million voters with disabilities will have the opportunity to participate in the democratic process. These voters may include you, one of your friends, or a family member.

Voters with disabilities face unique obstacles when casting their ballots. The Help America Vote Act ensures that all voters with disabilities have the right to mark, cast, and verify their ballots privately and independently.

The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) helps voters with disabilities register to vote and understand their options to cast ballots.

As the November midterms approach, here are tips and resources to help those with disabilities fully participate in our democratic process:

Know your rights to accessible elections

As a voter with a disability, you have the right to:

  • Vote privately and independently.
  • Vote in an accessible polling place with voting machines for voters with disabilities.
  • Seek assistance from workers at the polling place who have been trained to use accessible voting machines.
  • Bring someone to help you vote.

You can also ask your local election officials ahead of the election to tell you about available voting aids, voting assistance, and mail-in or absentee ballot procedures.

The EAC developed a pocket-sized voter card and a large print version in braille that serve as guides about voting rights for voters with disabilities.

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