NEWS FROM NORTHWEST ADA CENTER – IDAHO
Accessible Voting a must!
The Justice Department reached an agreement with the City of Concord, New Hampshire, to resolve a complaint alleging that the city violated Title II of the ADA by failing to provide an accessible ballot to a voter who is blind.
Under the Department of Justice’s ADA Voting Initiative, all elections must provide voting machines that are accessible to voters who are blind or visually impaired and available in all the polling places. In addition, cities must train poll workers on how to use the accessible voting machines. A hallmark of this Voting Initiative is its collaboration with jurisdictions to ensure accessibility to both polling places and the ballot.
Ballots and polling places must be accessible to all voters. If you or someone you know has difficulty seeing or marking a ballot there are several ways to vote. Voters can be assisted at the polls by a person of their choice. A ballot marking machine with an audio ballot and enlarged print is also available during early voting and at polling places for State and Federal elections. You may also vote from home with a mail-in absentee ballot. Contact your County Clerk before Election Day if you would like assistance to vote.
If you are unsure how the accessible voting machines work, you can request to check it out ahead of time. Contact your local CIL to get a demonstration.
Idaho has close to 1,000 polling places. In Kootenai County alone there are 71.
Everyone has a constitutional right to vote and vote in a private way. If you would like to file a complain of inaccessible voting go to:
Dana Gover, MPA, and ACTCP Certification, ADA Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
For more information about ADA Technical Assistance visit the NW ADA Center Idaho website: nwadacenter.org/idaho
Phone: Voice and Text 208-841-9422
Idaho Relay Service: 7