Voting Accommodations for Those With Disabilities in the U.S.
Did you know that the law requires that both communications about accommodations and actual accommodations be made for those with disabilities? And that all citizens with the right to vote have a right to proper accommodations? Keep reading to find out more info on voting options (and accommodations) for people with disabilities.
Voting Rights Require Disabilities to Be Accommodated
Everyone deemed mentally capable has the right to vote, regardless of their mental or physical disability. This holds true for people who require special accommodations in order to vote.
So, what is considered a disability? A disability can be physical or mental, or a combination of both. This could include anything from visual impairments (such as blindness) to mental health issues and mobility issues for the elderly.
Can I Vote If I Have a Disability?
To ensure that individuals have access to vote in local, state, and federal elections, there are federal protections in place like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is a law that protects individuals with disabilities, giving them equal opportunity to vote, among other important things. This includes protections with everything from:
- Communications about upcoming elections
- Voter registration accommodations
- Accommodations on Election Day
You can ask about accommodations for registering, voting, and more by visiting your local Secretary of State website. Read more about the ADA's checklist for polling spots and accommodations if you have questions, including accessible voting stall designs, parking and more.
Curbside Voting for People With Disabilities
Many states offer curbside voting, which is intended for individuals who are unable to physically enter a polling place. Curbside voting allows you to vote right from your vehicle. You can drive right up to a voting place (or within a certain distance of the voting place) and wait until an election official comes to your vehicle and brings you a ballot. Check with your local polling place to see if this option is available and get more info.
Have Questions About Accommodations?
If you have questions or concerns about voting accommodations, check your local Secretary of State website or get in touch with an experienced civil rights attorney.