Do you have an Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Coordinator on staff to assist and answer questions from voters with disabilities? with disabilities?
Yes. The ADA Coordinator facilitates requests for reasonable accommodations, respond to complaints, and ensures that all eligible voters have equal access to the voting process.
I have a disability; can I still register to vote?
Yes. In order to register to vote, you must:
How can I register to vote?
Do I need to provide ID?
What programs and services do you provide for voters with disabilities, senior citizens, and no or limited English proficient voters?
Voter Access Services
English is not my first language. Are interpreters available at the polling place?
The D.C. Board of Election provides language access services for customers/voters who are limited or non-English proficient (LEP/NEP). Pursuant to the Language Access Act of 2004, we offer translated election related material in Amharic (አማርኛ), Chinese (中文), French (Français), Korean (한국어), Spanish (Español) and Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt). However, we also offer a full range of professional interpreting services via LanguageLine, including more than 9,000 highly trained interpreters who are fluent in over 240 languages and American Sign Language Interpreters (ASL) for constituents who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing.
Do I have to vote in person?
Can I participate in Board Meetings and Hearings if I am physically unable to attend?
Is my polling site accessible?
Will I be allowed to bring my service animal inside the Vote Center?
Yes. Service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
Is there someone who can help me if I do not know what to do once I am at the polling place? Can my spouse/partner/child/friend/neighbor help me inside the voting booth?
Yes. Feel free to bring a relative, friend or neighbor to assist you, as long as they are not your employer, an election observer, or union representative. DCBOE Voter Assistance Clerks will also be on hand to help at every Early Voting Center and Election Day polling place.
Are your voting machines accessible?
Can I change my vote choice(s) before I cast my vote?
Yes. The federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requires any new voting equipment to allow voters the opportunity to change their choices privately and independently before the ballot is cast and counted.
What should I do if someone pressures me to vote for a particular candidate?
I have trouble reading and understanding what is printed on my ballot. I would like to be able to vote privately and without help, just like everyone else. What are my rights?
May I move to the front of the line on Election Day if my disability requires it?
Maybe. It depends on your specific disability. Under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), moving to the front of the line, when necessary, could be considered a reasonable accommodation. If your disability prevents you from staying in line, let an Election Day Worker know, or ask to be seated, while you wait your turn. If you choose to stay in line, the poll worker cannot make you move to the front of the line, because of your disability..
I have a cognitive disability, are there any restrictions on my right to vote in the District of Columbia?
No. Assuming you meet all other requirements to vote, you are eligible to vote unless there is a current and valid court order that indicates that a court has found you legally incompetent to vote. It is not up to an Election Day Worker to determine your competence to vote. Even if you have a guardian, you will still be allowed to vote as long as you are eligible.
Can I vote if I live in a nursing home, hospital, or other facility?
Yes. You can vote in-person or via Absentee/Mail-in ballot, as described previously. Please contact your nursing home administrator or the Board of Elections if you have additional concerns.
I filled out my Sample Ballot ahead of time. Can I bring it inside the Vote Center as a “guide”?
Yes. You may bring in sample ballots and other “notes” to assist you with voting, but you must take them with you when you leave.
I lost or damaged my Absentee Ballot. Can I get a replacement?
Yes. You should contact the Board to have a replacement Absentee/Mail-in ballot mailed to you. A staff member will explain the process.
Is there a way for me to vote if I experience a health crisis shortly before an election?
Can I be an Election Day Worker if I have a disability?
Yes. Having a disability is not grounds to bar an otherwise qualified person from serving as an Election Day Worker, or ADA Compliance Assistant. There is an application process and training class associated with all positions. Visit our website to complete the Application Process.
Do we provide reasonable accommodations?