Facility Access and Signs
- Directional signs to accessible parking, exterior and routes, and entrances are in place.
- Check the overall layout of the voting area. Is there enough clearance for wheelchair users (and others) to maneuver throughout the voting area and up to voting stations or accessible voting machines.? If needed, move furniture, tables, and chairs.
- Make sure wheelchairs can maneuver through doorways . Common barriers include thick mats or rugs and trash cans or easels holding signs in the clear floor space.
- Accessible route both outside and inside are free of barriers.
- Supplies such as poster paper, thick markers, rulers, and tape are available for making impromptu signs.
- Duct tape. Duct tape can be used to anchor electrical cords, secure signs, keep rugs from slipping, and cover frayed edges that may pose a tripping hazard. Duct tape may also be used to cover the plunger on exterior doors to ensure that they do not lock during voting hours.
- Extra rubber doorstops for propping doors open, as needed.
Accessible Voting Equipment
- Make sure accessible voting equipment is turned on and in working order. A test vote is recommended
- Headphones and any other assistive technology is turned on and in working order.
- There are poll workers present throughout the day who know how to use accessible voting equipment.
Sign-In and Voting Instructions
- Printed voting instructions are available in large type. Magnifying glasses may be on hand in case one is requested, but a magnifying glass should NOT be a substitute for large print.
- Grips are available to make pens easier to grasp.
- Signature guides, electronic signatures, and/or stamps are available for people who are blind, low vision, or have other conditions that affect their ability to provide signatures.
- Poll workers are prepared to read ballot information when needed.
- Pen and paper are on-hand for written communication with deaf voters. Having a tablet available for communication may also be helpful.
- Common statements and questions printed or clearly written available. Example: "Is your address correct?","Please sign the roster.", "Do you have any questions?" (Recommended by the National Association of the Deaf)
- Poll workers who may be answering the phone are aware of Relay calls and know to accept these calls.