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Voters With Special Needs

Assistance With Voting

If you need help to vote due to blindness, disability, or inability to read or write:

  • You can vote on a touch screen or other accessible marking device at the polls.
  • You can receive personal assistance in voting, whether you are voting by mail or at the polls during early voting 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, an agency of your employer, or an officer or agency of your union.
  • If you go to the polls and have no one to help you, you can have two poll workers assist you. If your voter registration record does not already contain a note 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. The person you choose to help you will also have to fill out a declaration saying they are willing to provide help (unless that person is election staff).
  • If you are in an assisted living facility or a nursing home facility, you can receive a vote-by-mail ballot there, or you may participate in supervised voting if made available.

Voting Systems

Each polling place and early voting center will 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 ADA-compliant voting equipment required by federal law to be in each polling place.

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.

Statement of Accessibility

(Updated July 6, 2018)

The Orange County Supervisor of Elections, as a duly elected Constitutional Officer designated by Florida law to administer elections and voter registration for Orange County is committed to ensuring the accessibility of its website to people with disabilities.

Web accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent interaction with or access to websites by people with disabilities. When websites are correctly developed and edited, all users have equal access to information and functionality.

The Orange County Supervisor of Elections will be implementing the relevant portions of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Levels A and AA (WCAG 2.0 Levels A and AA). Web content produced by the Orange County Supervisor of Elections will meet WCAG 2.0 Levels A and AA by 2022.

During development, we will test content using assistive technologies such as screen readers, screen magnifiers, etc., and will work with end users for testing who have disabilities and who depend on these technologies. As part of this development initiative, the Orange County Supervisor of Elections will require third-party vendors providing content on its websites to adhere to the WCAG 2.0 Levels A and AA standards and will require compliance with these standards when selecting third-party vendors.

If you have any web-accessibility issues with this site, please email voter@ocfelections.com during normal business hours, which are typically Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time. We will make our best effort to respond within 24 business hours. Please include the following details in your email:

  • Description of the issue
  • Web address (URL) of the web page or pages pertaining to the issue
  • Your operating system
  • Your web browser
  • Your web browser version