Accessible Voting

Accessible Voter Registration

1. Any person, regardless of their disability status, has the right to register to vote at any office or agency that provides such a service.

2. A person with cognitive disabilities can be eligible to register and vote if not adjudicated mentally incapacitated by a court of law.

You can register to vote:

  • Online at the citizen portal 
  • By mail. Download forms >>>
  • At your local voter registration office, which can accommodate special needs: elections.virginia.gov/LocalGR
  • At public libraries, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, and certain state/local offices such as the Department of Health (VDH), Department of Social Services (DSS), Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services (DBHDS), Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH), and the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)

Accessible Voting Options

Does age or disability make it difficult for you to come to your polling place on Election Day? You may have other options:

If you have a continuing disability, apply annually to receive absentee ballots for all elections that year using the Annual Absentee Ballot Application.

Accessible Polling Places

There is at least one voting machine accessible to voters with disabilities at each polling place. Voters with a disability should be able to vote in the same private and independent manner as a voter without a disability.

Virginia polling places, including in-person absentee voting locations, meet state and federal accessibility standards.  You can find:

  • Accessible parking spaces
  • Curb  where needed
  • Signs showing an accessible entrance and route in building
  • Accessible voting booth with chair
  • Seating available for voters waiting to vote
  • Sufficient space for voters in wheelchairs
  • Notepads available to communicate in writing
  • Magnifier for election material and the ballot

Curbside voting and other assistance is available

If you required assistance in reading or completing forms, please ask an election official to provide help .  You may also bring your own helper.  If you have a physical disability, help is available.  Please ask an election officer for assistance you may need at any stage of the voting process.   

If you are 65 or older, or have a physical disability, you are may vote on Election Day without leaving your vehicle,  This is called curbside voting. If you would like to use curbside voting, remember to bring a helper with you who can enter the polling place to ask an election officer for curbside assistance.  

Remember, if you have questions, ask an election officer to explain your rights.

Questions?

Concerned that your rights to accessible voting/registration have been violated?

Email: info@elections.virginia.gov
Telephone: (800) 552-9745 or
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