Accessible voting in Montgomery County

Everyone has the right to vote, and that includes voters with disabilities! Voters with a disability have the right to:

  • Vote privately and independently
  • Have an accessible polling place with voting machines for voters with disabilities
  • Wheelchair-accessible voting booths
  • Entrances and doorways that are at least 32 inches wide
  • Handrails on all stairs
  • Voting equipment that is accessible to voters who are blind or who have low vision
  • Bring a service animal into your polling place
  • Seek assistance from workers at the polling place who have been trained to use the accessible voting machine
  • Bring someone to help them vote (including a friend, family member, caregiver, assisted living provider, or almost anyone else, but not an employer or union representative).

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has a useful Q&A about voting, which included how to find out more about your specific voting location’s accessibility.

Disability Rights Maryland

If you are a person with a disability who experiences barriers to voting due to your disability, Disability Rights Maryland can help you! For this election, all Montgomery County polling places are compliant with Maryland State Board of Elections accessibility guidelines, but that may not mean that the are accessible to YOU, so check if you are concerned.

To report voting concerns that may be related to a disability (such as access to a polling place, voter assistance, or problems using a voting machine) please contact:

Disability Rights Maryland Voter Hotline by phone: 443-692-2492; 800-233-7201 ext. 2492; TTY 410-235-5387 or by email: Voting@DisabilityRightsMD.org

You can also schedule a voter registration and training presentation with Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) by contacting Tracy Wright, Voting Advocate by phone: 443-690-2603 or by email: TracyW@DisabilityRightsMD.org

REV UP: Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power

REV-UP_edcuationThe REV-Up Campaign is a project of AAPD (the American Association of People with Disabilities) and is supported by many other organizations and coalitions. There is a wealth of information at the REV-Up site and many great links, including a Maryland specific resource, REV-UP-MD-2018-final-updated, and links to SignVote and information about  #CripTheVote, and great graphics and tools you can use in your own advocacy!

From the Montgomery Co. Board of  Elections

If you vote in the State of Maryland, you are assigned to a specific polling place. This is important because there are different local contests on the ballot. However, in some situations – accessibility concerns or religious principles – you may request a different polling place.

Accessibility Concerns: For the 2018 Gubernatorial Elections, all Montgomery County polling places are compliant with Maryland State Board of Elections accessibility guidelines. Contact the Board of Elections if you have concerns about an accessibility issue for a specific disability.

Religious Principles: If your assigned polling place is a religious institution, and entering that site conflicts with your religious beliefs and practices, you may request a nearby polling place. Reassignment request forms are available from the Maryland State Board of Elections at http://www.elections.maryland.gov/pdf/Request_for_Accessible_Polling_Place.pdf, by calling Christine Rzeszut at 240-777-8585, or by e-mail to christine.rzeszut@montgomerycountymd.gov. Your request must be received by 9 p.m.  October 16, 2018, for the General Election.

If a substitute polling place with the same contests on the ballot is not available, you may prefer to vote at an Early Voting Center or by mail.

Early Voting will be held from  October 25 – November 1, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at eleven Montgomery County locations. For more information, see www.777vote.org.

For information on voting by mail, call 240-777-8550, or email absentee@montgomerycountymd.gov. Your application for a ballot by mail must be received by October 30, 2018.

For other election information, call 240-777-VOTE, visit www.777vote.org, the Maryland State Board of Elections’ website at http://elections.maryland.gov, or follow the Montgomery County Board of Elections on Facebook or Twitter.

Contact: Gilberto Zelaya, 240-777-8625

MD Relay 1-800-735-2258

 

Justin Dart Quote (GIF)

 

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