Assisting voters with disabilities

Under State and Federal law, Americans with Disabilities (ADA) must be given the same opportunities to vote as any other voter. They shall have equal access to parking, building entrances, voting procedures and voting machines. All machines are ADA compatible.

No person should be denied the right to vote based upon mobility, vision, speech, cognitive, intellectual, or hearing impairments. Accommodating people with a disability is mostly a matter of clear communication and common sense. Be patient, professional and polite.

WHO MAY ASSIST A VOTER WITH A DISABILITY

A voter may declare to a PEO that he/she is unable to mark his or her ballot by reason of blindness, disability, or illiteracy and may be accompanied in the voting booth and aided by any person of the voter’s choice. (O.R.C.3505.24)

Except for the voter’s employer, an agent of the voter’s employer, a candidate, or an officer or agent of the voter’s union.

  • Upon the voter’s request two election officials of different political parties may assist a voter.

  • Prior to Election Day a voter may designate an attorney-in-fact, who is a person eligible to sign all election-related documents on behalf of the voter. Such signing must be done in the voter’s presence. The attorney-in-fact designation is specific to Ohio election law and is not a general power of attorney.

  • If such an attorney-at-fact is on file with the board of elections a notation will appear after the voter’s name in the Signature Poll Book and Poll List. (O.R.C. 3501.382(B)(2)).


CURBSIDE VOTING USING AN OPTICAL SCAN BALLOT

A voter who has difficulty getting into the Polling Location to vote may remain in his or her motor vehicle to vote, while being assisted by a team of bipartisan Precinct Election Officials. (O.R.C.3501.29)

Someone appointed by the voter or a PEO, should stand in line for the curbside voter.

Designee should state name and address of the voter. Identification requirements are the same as regular voters.

Scan ID or pull up voter’s name and manually input ID. In lieu of the Curbside voter signing the ePollbook, a designee for the Curbside voter will sign “Curbside Voter” in the ePollbook so that a ballot can be scanned. Proceed to scan the ballot of their choice.

In a bipartisan team Precinct Election Officials should take to the voter’s motor vehicle:

The Signature Book, the scanned ballot, 12-C BROWN Envelope, and pen.

Locate voter’s name in the Signature Book have voter sign, write “Curbside Voter” on the signature line next to voter’s name.

Leave ballot with voter. Instruct the voter to remove the “A” Stub before placing the Optical Scan Ballot in the Envelope. Seal the envelope. Allow the voter 5-10 minutes to vote.

In a bipartisan team PEOs should return to the vehicle retrieve the envelope and the “A” stub. They shall sign and confirm on the bottom of the BROWN 12-C Envelope that the voter has completed the necessary information. Place voted Optical Scan Ballot and the “A” stub in the Ballot Box.