Election Information for Voters with Disabilities
Oct. 25, 2013
Fairfax County is dedicated to providing accessible voting to all registered voters. If you have a disability, please review the following information and resources:
- For Election Day accessibility issues: Call 703-324-4735 (TTY 711) or email email@example.com.
- For Absentee voting questions: Call 703-222-0776 (TTY 711) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voting at the Polls on Election Day
- All polling places are wheelchair accessible.
- Accessibility problems encountered at a polling place should be reported as soon as possible to the Fairfax County Office of Elections at 703-324-4735 (TTY 711).
- Virginia requires some form of voter ID, such as your voter information card or a valid Virginia driver’s license. A photo ID is not required. For additional information call 703-222-0776 (TTY 711) or email email@example.com.
- Every polling place is equipped with touch-screen voting machines, which are designed to provide voters with disabilities the opportunity to cast their vote unassisted.
- The touch-screen voting machines will be set up to accommodate voters who are disabled or those unable to stand or reach the machine in the booth.
- Each touch-screen voting machine is equipped with an audio headset that enables voters with visual impairments to cast a ballot without assistance.
- Voters who do not vote absentee and are physically incapable of entering the polling place, or are 65-years-old and older, have the option of voting curbside. Call the number posted outside the poll or send someone into the poll to notify an election officer of your need to vote curbside.
- Each polling place has a magnifying device available for voters who may have difficulty reading the electronically scanned ballot or touch-screen ballot. The touch-screen voting machines are also equipped with a “zoom” function that allows the voter to view a larger presentation of the ballot.
Note: The availability of accessible voting equipment does not mean you must use the equipment. If you need assistance casting a ballot because of disabilities, you are entitled to request assistance. You may ask an election official to assist or bring an assistant with you. There are some restrictions on who may assist you. If you have questions, call the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776 (TTY 711).
A registered voter who is unable to go to the polls on Election Day because of a disability or illness or a registered voter who is the primary caretaker of a confined family member may vote by absentee ballot in person at the Office of Elections or a satellite location, or may apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to them.
- Absentee ballot application forms are available online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections. All applications to vote by absentee ballot by mail must be mailed, emailed or faxed back to the Office of Elections no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29.
- In-person absentee voting is available through Nov. 2 in the Fairfax County Office of Elections, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323, Fairfax, VA 22035, on weekdays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- In-person absentee voting is also available at seven satellite locations through Nov. 2 on weekdays 3:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 703-222-0776 (TTY 711) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Your mailed-in absentee ballot must be received (not postmarked), before Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m.