Persons with Disabilities

Assistance with Voting

If you need help to vote due to blindness, disability, or inability to read or write, you have options. You can vote on a touch screen or other accessible marking device at the polls. Voting on a touch screen allows you to vote with minimal or no assistance and in secret. A touch screen machine is a disability accessible complaint voting equipment required by federal law (the Help America Vote Act) to be in each polling place. Florida has certified accessible voting systems for use by persons with disabilities that that meet at least 12 major categories of accessible standards. See section 101.56062, Florida Statutes.

You can also receive personal assistance in voting whether you are voting absentee or at the polls during the early voting period or on Election Day. You do not have to disclose the nature or extent of your disability. You can choose anyone to help you. However, it cannot be your employer or an agency of your employer or an officer or agency of your union.

If you go to the polls, and you have no one to help you, you can get the help of two members of the Supervisor of Elections staff. See section 101.051, Florida Statutes. If your voter registration record does not already contain a notation that you would like help when voting at the polls , you will have to fill out a declaration saying you need help. The clerk at the polling place can help you fill out the form. In addition, the person you choose to help you will have to fill out a declaration (unless that person is election staff) saying he or she will provide help. If you have any questions about receiving help in voting, please direct your questions to the clerk or inspector at the polling place.

If you are in an assisted living facility or a nursing home facility, you can receive an absentee ballot there, or you may participate in supervised voting if made available per section 101.655, Florida Statutes. Contact your Supervisor of Elections for more information about this option.

Polling Place Accessibility

Federal and state law require all polling places to be accessible for voting. (Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. s. 1973) and section 101.715, Florida Statutes.

Voting Systems

Please refer to your county Supervisor of Elections for information on the certified voting systems in use in your county and for instructions on how to vote on those systems.

Assistance with Voting

For more information about the rights of persons with disabilities, please refer to the U.S. Department of Justice at: http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/drsopens in a new window and The Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities at: www.disabilityrightsflorida.orgopens in a new window.