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ABILITY360 OFFERS INFORMATION FOR ARIZONA


ABILITY360 OFFERS INFORMATION, GUIDANCE FOR 

ARIZONA VOTERS WITH DISABILITIES

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With primary elections on Aug. 2 and the general elections not far behind, Ability360 is providing tips so voters with disabilities will be able to cast ballots for these very important elections.

            “Americans speak their minds with their votes and we want to be sure that anyone wanting to cast their ballots can do so easily and without challenges,” said Ability360 Vice President of Advocacy April Reed.

            The following information may be helpful: 

Vote by Mail

Arizona Voters in every county are eligible to sign up for the Active Early Voting List.  Individuals on the list automatically receive their ballots by mail for every election they are eligible to vote in. Visit Service Arizona at www.servicearizona.com  to update your voter registration.

How Do I Request a Braille or Large Print ballot to Vote by Mail?

Contact your County Elections office to request a Braille or Large Print ballot.

Maricopa County provides Braille and Large Print ballots for voters who will vote by mail. They are currently accepting requests for the 2022 August Primary and November General Elections.  Maricopa County voters can request a Braille or Large Print ballot by calling 602-506-1511 or emailing SEB@risc.maricopa.gov  

Need Assistance to Vote?

Some Arizona counties offer voting from home, a residential setting or a medical facility through a Special Elections Board (SEB). Contact your County Elections Office for more information.  

In Maricopa County, voters with a confining illness or disability can request voter assistance from the SEB.  SEB’s two-member team from different political parties will travel to voters who want and need voting assistance due to a physical disability or confining illness. This service is free of charge. For more information, call 602- 506-1511 or email SEB@risc.maricopa.gov  

Voting at the Polls

All voting locations should provide voter assistance services.  All voting locations should be ADA accessible.  

Voters may use the Accessible Voting Device to independently, and with privacy, cast a ballot.  Each county offers different assistance and machinery to aid voters with disabilities. If you have any county specific questions or suggestions, please reach out to your County Elections Department.  

In Maricopa County, this includes large print, sip and puff, touch screen, audio only and more.  

Voters unable to leave their vehicle may use curb-side voting to cast a ballot at a voting location.  All locations should have signage posted that includes a phone number to initiate use of curbside voting.  The voter remains in their vehicle while poll workers provide assistance. 

What if I experience a disability-related problem in voting on Election Day?

If you experience a disability-related problem in voting on Election Day, or believe that you were discriminated against in voting because of your disability, contact Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL).  ACDL will host a Voting Hotline from 6:00am-7:00pm on Election Day.  On Election Day, call 602- 274-6287 or 1-800-927-2260

For more information about Ability360, visit www.ability360.org.

Contact:

• Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., 602-317-3040, scarr51@gmail.com

ABOUT ABILITY360

Ability360 continues a 40-plus-year tradition of empowering programs for people with all disabilities. Ability360 offers and promotes programs to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community.  The independent living philosophy states that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, options, and control over choices in their own lives as do people without disabilities. Ability360 is located at 5025 E. Washington St. Ste. 200, Phoenix, AZ 85034, www.ability360.org602-256-2245.

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