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How to Vote If You're Visually Impaired

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Election Day is next week! If you’re visually impaired, you might think this is a difficult process. That couldn’t be further from the truth! For disabled Georgia voters, there are options available!

What are the polls like for the visually impaired? These days, it’s easier and easier to provide access to disabled voters. Depending on your vision, there are a couple of choices when it comes to voting.

In Person Voting Assistance

  • Allowed for voters are unable to sign their name
  • The individual assisting the voter must record their name on the disabled voter’s certificate
  • In federal elections, the individual can be anyone, except an employer or an employer/union representative
  • In any other elections, the voter can receive assistance from any other voter, except a poll work or a poll watcher

In Person Voting Assistive Devices

  • Visually impaired voters have the option of using an accessible touch screen voting unit, designed to provide an independent and private voting experience
  • With the audio ballot, voters are given a pair of headphones and numerical keypad. The options are read through the headphones, and choices are made with the keypad.
  • A magnifying feature is available on every touch screen voting unit

Additionally, if you show up to the polling place between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., disabled voters are able to move to the front of the line. If you’re looking for more information, it can be found here!

The important thing to note is that there are options! Have you voted yet? Let your voice be heard!