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Rights for Voters with Disabilities

Rights for Voters with Specific Needs

Learn about voting rights for voters with disabilities.

What is the Law?

Four federal laws are of special importance to disabled and elderly voters who have specific needs.

  • Voting Rights Act of 1965: Any voter requiring assistance may receive it from a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of that employer or officer or agent of the voter’s union.
  • Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, 1984: Promotes the fundamental right to vote by requiring “access for elderly and disabled individuals to registration facilities and vote centers in federal elections”.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA): Requires public entities to provide program access, reasonable modification of policy, and auxiliary aids and services where necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in and enjoy the benefits of service, program or activity conducted by a public entity.
  • Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA): New federal legislation enabling greater opportunity for access and participation in the election process, including provisions regarding accessible voting technologies at vote centers by 2006.

What are the Goals of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk?

The goal of the RR/CC is to provide voting solutions for all people and to have 100% participation of eligible voters in all elections, all vote centers are fully accessible with convenient tools for all voters who seek independent and private voting.

  • Accessible Vote Centers
  • Wheelchair-accessible ballot marking devices
  • Large type and step by step voting instructions at vote centers
  • Ballot marking device accessibility features (audio volume and speed, controller pad, user interface contrast, text size and screen angle adjustment)
  • TDD services for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio CD’s with State and County ballot measures
  • Absentee/vote-by-mail voting options
  • Vote center worker assistance at every step of the voting process
  • Same day registration
  • Voter outreach presentations and equipment demonstrations

New Accessible Voting Experience

Vote centers now provide more options than polling places, RR/CC is utilizing the benefits of technology for an easy and accessible voting experience. Elections are no longer a one-day event and voters with disabilities no longer need to vote in a separate voting booth. The Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) model was designed to be intuitive and accessible for all voters, regardless of disability condition. The ballot marking device provides a private and independent voting experience that is accessible and convenient.

Accessibility Advisory

The Los Angeles County Voting Accessibility Advisory Consultant assists the Department in providing information about voter registration and election matters to senior citizens and those with disabilities.

The RR/CC's consultant is Angela Davis, Senior Deputy for the Disabilities Civil Rights Section (DCR) for Los Angeles County, who advises the Department on ways to make the election process more accessible to all citizens in the County. She can be contacted at (213) 202-5826.

Learn more about the Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee.

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