Primary season is here and Virginia voters will soon have their chance to select a presidential candidate on March 3, 2020. Residents with disabilities who wish to participate in the primary election can take advantage of a number of accessibility options to ensure that their voice is heard.
Who Can Vote?
In Virginia, every adult over 18 can register to vote, regardless of disability status. Individuals with cognitive impairments or special needs can also vote, provided they have not had their voting rights terminated by a legal guardianship.
Can’t Make it to a Polling Place?
Virginia offers a number of voting options for individuals with disabilities or special needs who may struggle to get to a polling place or stand in long lines on Election Day. Those voters can instead utilize the following alternatives:
- Virginia voters can vote by absentee ballot. Those votes can be cast in-person, by mail, fax or email.
- If you have a disability that prohibits you from easily leaving your vehicle, you may be able to participate in curbside voting where an election representative will come out to your car to record your vote.
Need Help Casting Your Ballot?
Those who need help seeing, reading or completing their ballot in anyway can ask an election officer for special assistance with these tasks. Voters with disabilities are also permitted to bring a helper who can provide assistance during the voting process.
Have Additional Questions About Your Rights?
If you have additional questions about your rights as a disabled voter in Virginia, or if you feel that your rights have been violated, you can contact the Accessibility Coordinator at the Department of Elections by calling: (800) 552-9745 (TYY 71) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.