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Do voting ballots need to be accessible?

Yes. Under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), public entities (state and local governments) must modify their policies, practices, and procedures when necessary to avoid discriminating against a person with a disability. Further, public entities must ensure that communication with individuals with disabilities is as effective as that provided to individuals without disabilities. For these reasons, voting ballots must be accessible to a person with a disability and provide an opportunity to vote privately and independently. How this is achieved can vary, but it might include an accessible electronic ballot, permitting an individual to assist the voter with a disability, an overlay or template on a paper ballot, or other alternative means.

 

If you have more questions about this or if you need to know more about something else under the ADA, please contact the Northeast ADA Center at 800-949-4232, by email at northeastada@cornell.edu or by submitting a question through

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