Election 2020: Voting Accessibility and Accommodations

In what has already been a year no one will ever forget, 2020 isn’t letting up. With the presidential election right around the corner, how do accessibility practices come into play at the polls or in early voting from home? Let’s take a look.

The United States Government has rolled out many different solutions to ensure that voting is accessible to all people. For one, the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was signed into law in 2002 and states that any voter with a disability has the right to vote privately and independently, as well as have an accessible polling place with voting machines for voters in need of accommodations. Additionally, individuals needing accommodations may either receive assistance from trained workers at the polling place to use an accessible voting machine, or they may bring someone along to help them vote. For visually-impaired voters, the United Stated Election Assistance Commission (USEAC) also sends out a guide for federal voting rights in braille. 

Just like Captionmax, the USEAC also provides materials in many other languages to those who are ESL and non-English speakers. They have a downloadable glossary of election terminology available in Chinese, Spanish, and many other languages. This can be especially helpful to citizens who are not familiar with the specific voting processes and procedures present in the United States election system. The Spanish version of this glossary was put together by a panel of Hispanic US citizens coming from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and many Central American countries to ensure that the intricacies of the system are not lost in cultural translation.

If you are seeking voting accommodations and/or resources, send us a message! We’ll put you in touch with a resource who can help.