Voting for People with Low Vision

October 26 2020
by VisionCorps Team

Voting Information for Citizens with Low Vision

Voting is underway for the Nov. 3, 2020 general election. We hope you are registered to vote and planning to do so. There are more ways to vote this year than in previous years so we wanted to share this information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and links:
• How do I check to see if I’m registered to vote?
You must be registered to vote in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 for president and several other federal and state offices. Check to see if you are registered to vote here.
How can I vote?
1. In person (on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, General Election Day)
2. By mail-in ballot (now through Nov. 3, 2020)

• What help is available for people who have low-vision?
–Vote early by mail:
 Mail-in ballot (see below for instructions) – Any qualified voter may apply for a mail-in ballot without stating a reason. Apply for your mail-in ballot here. Deadline is 5 p.m. on 10/27/2020.
 Alternative ballot — You can request an alternative way based on your age or your disability. You need to apply for an alternative ballot application to your County Election Office no later than 5 pm on the Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.
Download the Alternative Ballot Form (PDF)

Deadlines for Early Voting
 Mail-in ballot application: 5:00 PM on 10/27/2020.
 Return your voted absentee or mail-in ballot: 8:00 PM on 11/03/2020 (Election Day).

• Mail-in Voting:

–What is it?
Mail-in ballot is a new process this year allowing people to vote early by filling out a ballot and mailing it back via the United States Postal Service or dropping it off in an official county election ballot drop-box.
–How do I do it?
 Fill out your ballot and put it in the enclosed secrecy envelope.
 Put the sealed envelope inside the mailing envelope.
 Fill out the back of the mailing envelope.
 You can either mail your ballot at the post office or mailbox (It is already postmarked, no stamp is needed) OR
 Drop-off your ballot in official county drop-off boxes (see list below):

Official County Voter Ballot Drop-Off Boxes

• How do I know my ballot has been received/counted?
You can track your election ballot status here.

In person voting: General Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020
• Polls are open on election day from 7 A.M. to 8 P.M.
–Voting at Polling Places
 Check here for my polling place
 At least one accessible voting system must be available at every polling place
• How do I use the county voting system – check here.

• Can someone assist me at the polls?
–You have the right to assistance “if you cannot read or write; cannot read the names on the ballots; have difficulty understanding English; or are blind, disabled, or unable to operate the voting machine.”
–You may request help from a relative, friend, neighbor, or another voter. You do not need to be designated in the poll book district register as “assistance permitted” to receive this assistance. If you want assistance, you must sign an Assistance Declaration, unless the poll book already indicates “assistance permitted.”
–You have the right to refuse assistance.
–Accessible Voting for Citizens with Low Vision

• All the voting systems offer these accessible devices (you can request help from a poll worker to set them up) that could be helpful to blind or vision impaired voters:
–Tactile keypad
 Has buttons of different shapes
 Labeled in braille.

–Ballot marking device has the following accessible settings, such as
 Contrast – changes the screen to high contrast white text on black background.
 Zoom – Changes the size of the words on the screen.
 Audio speed – Changes the speed at which the ballot is read when using headphones.
 Audio volume – Changes the volume when using headphones.
 Display – Makes the screen blank for privacy while the audio is in use.

 Accessible voting – See accessible features for your county voting system

Questions? Contact Your County Voter Registration Office:

Adams County or 717-337-9832

Chester County or 610-344-6410

Lancaster County or 717-299-8293

Lebanon County or 717-228-4428

York County or 717-771-9604