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.
- 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 have two poll workers of the Election Board to assist you. 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 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.
Polling Place Accessibility
Federal and state laws require that all polling places are 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.
Each polling place and early voting center will also have a touch screen tabulator for voters with disabilities. Voting on a touch screen allows you to vote with minimal or no assistance and in secret. A touch screen machine is disability accessible compliant voting equipment required by federal law (the Help America Vote Act) to be in each polling place. See section 101.56062, Florida Statutes.