Voters Needing Assistance
Voters With Disabilities
As required by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), each polling place has an IVS Vote-By-Phone Machine available for the blind and visually impaired. A poll worker will dial a pre-registered phone number and enter a password and ballot access ID number. This will enable the voter to access an audio ballot read to him under computer control. The equipment includes a large button telephone which the voter may use to select the candidates of his choice. The system will fax back a filled-out ballot, together with a cover sheet and ending page. The ballot can be voted using the auxiliary bin on the side of the tabulator box. The ballot will be counted by hand at the end of voting, as it can not be read by the tabulator.
Election officials are available to manually assist the visually impaired voter in filling out his ballot, if he prefers this method to using the IVS machine. However, manual assistance sacrifices the secrecy of the voter’s ballot, so election officials should not recommend or encourage a voter to obtain it.
Polling places are handicap accessible. However, sometimes the path is long. Also, the weather in early November is sometimes quite foul. Both these things can make voting difficult. Voters with mobility issues should consider using the absentee ballot application process.
Election officials are trained to assist voters with mobility issues by offering them a chair in case of fatigue, and by moving them to the front of a line if they have difficulty standing in line.
Some polling locations have election officials who are bilingual in Spanish and English for the assistance of voters.
Temporary or last minute illness or mobility issues
Curbside voting is available for voters who cannot get inside the polling place. Two Assistant Registrars, from opposing parties, will bring the voter a ballot, assist the voter as necessary, and take the completed ballot to the tabulator to vote it for him. The secrecy of the voter’s ballot will be preserved as long as he is able to fill it out by himself. The voter will need to have someone enter the polling place and request curbside assistance for him, as the election officials are not able to monitor the parking area outside the polling place.
Voters at Nursing Homes & Institutions
The Registrars’ office conducts supervised absentee voting at certain nursing homes during the last few weeks before an election or primary. Two assistant registrars of different parties supervise this voting.