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Access by Voters with Disabilities

Maryland is committed to making voting accessible to all voters. Almost all of Maryland's polling places are accessible to voters with disabilities on election day. All of the early voting centers in Maryland are accessible to voters with disabilities.

Is my polling place accessible?

Use the voter look-up website to find out if your polling place is accessible. If your polling place is not accessible, there will be a list of the reasons why. This may help you decide if the polling place is accessible for you.

If your polling place is not accessible and you want to vote:

In Person

  • Vote during early voting at an early voting center. You do not have to ask to be assigned to another polling place if you want to vote at an early voting center; or

  • Complete the Request for Polling Place Change or Absentee Ballot (PDF) and submit it to your local board of elections. The board of elections will do its best to change your polling place to one that is accessible for you. If your polling place cannot be changed, a local election official will notify you and send you an absentee ballot. The deadline to submit this form for the 2014 Primary Election is Tuesday, June 03, 2014. The deadline to submit this form for the 2014 General Election is Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

By absentee ballot

Request an absentee ballot. See the Absentee Voting page for more information.

Is the touchscreen voting unit accessible?

The touchscreen voting unit is accessible to most voters. Using a headset and keypad, blind voters and voters with low vision are able to vote by listening to the ballot selections and by using the keypad. You may also choose to use the high contrast and large print functions of the voting unit. The touchscreen voting unit can also be used by voters who need to sit while voting.

If you want use the audio ballot, ask an election judge. Election judges will answer questions and help you, if needed.

Can someone help me vote?

Yes. You can bring someone to help you vote as long as that person is not:

  • Your employer or an agent of your employer
  • An officer or agent of your union
  • A challenger or watcher

Or, you may choose to have two election judges help you.

The person helping you must sign the Voter Assistance Form and cannot suggest how you should vote.