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Voter accessibility laws

Voter accessibility laws ensure that people with disabilities or language barriers are able to vote. Learn about the laws and the accommodations they provide.

Who to contact about voter accommodations

If you know you will need accommodations to vote in person on Election Day, contact your state or local election office. They can help you understand what to expect at your polling place.

Laws and accommodations for voters with disabilities

Several federal laws protect the voting rights of Americans with disabilities. These include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Help America Vote Act (HAVA).

Voters with disabilities have the right to:

  • Vote in private, without help
  • Have an accessible polling place with voting machines for voters with disabilities

Polling places must have:

  • Wheelchair-accessible voting booths
  • Entrances and doorways at least 32 inches wide
  • Handrails on all stairs
  • Voting equipment for people who are blind or visually impaired

If you have a disability, you may:

  • Seek help from poll workers trained to use an accessible voting machine, or
  • Bring someone to help you vote

You can also ask your state or local election office what other options you have.

  • Some states offer “curbside voting," when a poll worker brings everything you need to vote to your car.
  • Local organizations may provide transportation to the polls.
  • Many states let people with disabilities vote absentee by mail.

Help for voters needing language assistance

The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) helps people overcome language barriers to voting.

Federal law also lets anyone who cannot read or write bring someone to the polls to help.

LAST UPDATED: February 22, 2024


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