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How can I vote if I am disabled?

  • IF YOU ARE MOBILITY CHALLENGED: Many but not all polls are handicapped accessible. Contact your local board of elections to see if your voting place is accessible. If it is not, you have the right to have a ballot brought out to you (such as a nearby parking lot) and to vote privately there. HAVA §301(a)(3) . You can also vote by absentee ballot.
  • IF YOU CANNOT READ THE BALLOT (BLINDNESS, NON-ENGLISH SPEAKERS, ETC.):In many places, ballots must be made available in Spanish, Chinese, and Korean 28 C.F.R. §55.355.4(2)(b); Voting Rights Act §4(f)(4), 203(c).  You or a helper can check ahead of time with your local Board of Elections. In all states, you are also entitled to bring an assistant with you, as long as your assistant is not your employer or a union representative. Alternatively, you may receive assistance from pollworkers. In this case, you’ll be assisted by election officals from two different political parties, in order to insure unbiased help.  (N.Y. Elec. Law § 8306(1)(5); Voting Rights Act § 208)