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

Accessible Absentee Voting

If you are blind or have low vision or have impaired manual dexterity, you have the option of voting an absentee ballot using an electronic ballot marking tool. If you choose this option for voting absentee, your ballot will be delivered electronically and will include screen reader technology. If you are interested in using this service to vote absentee, mark the section on your absentee ballot application indicating you need assistance voting your ballot. Your General Registrar's office will contact you with information on how to take advantage of this option. For more information, please contact your General Registrar's office. You can find contact information at our online lookup tool

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 early voting locations, meet state and federal accessibility standards.  You can find:

  • Accessible parking spaces
  • Curbside - 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 require 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 may vote on Election Day without leaving your vehicle.  This is called curbside voting. If you would like to use curbside voting, make sure to use the designated parking space at the polling location and follow the instructions on any signage.  Some voters find it helpful to bring a helper who can enter the polling place to ask an election officer for curbside assistance.  You may also find it helpful to call ahead to alert the officers of election of the time you plan to arrive.

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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