Voters with Disabilities
San Juan County Disability Advisory Committee
Are you looking for a way to serve your community? San Juan County Elections is looking for persons with disabilities, and providers of services to persons with disabilities, to serve on the Disability Advisory Committee.
Washington State Law requires every county to have a Disability Advisory Committee. The committee must include persons with disabilities, and may include any interested person. One purpose of the Disability Advisory Committee is to provide input to the county elections department regarding accommodations to ensure equal access to voters with disabilities. The objective is to ensure that all voters are able to vote independently and privately.
San Juan County’s Disability Advisory Committee has assisted in the past by testing access for wheelchairs and making recommendations for improvement. It has also tested the County’s Accessible Voting Unit (AVU) and reviewed the County’s accessibility plan.
If you are interested, please contact the San Juan County Elections office at (360) 378-3357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a voter with a disability, you can request a reasonable accommodation or assistance to vote. The Office of the Secretary of State is committed to ensuring accessibility at voting centers, and that you have the opportunity to vote privately and independently.
Voting centers must meet all of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. View the ADA checklist for voting centers for more information.
To request a reasonable accommodation or assistance, contact your county elections department.
An AVU presents your ballot on a monitor. You select choices by using a select wheel, or by using a tool. You can use headphones to listen to the text and prompts on your ballot. Most machines can also be fitted with sip-and- puff tools. MORE>>
A person who has a guardian may still be able to vote and should not be turned away from a voting center by an election worker. Guardianship papers indicate if an individual has the right to vote. If there is ever doubt about a person’s voting status, the person should be issued a provisional ballot to vote with. MORE>>
- ADA checklist for voting centers
- Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) by county
- County Elections Departments Disability Advisory Committees
- Disability Advisory Committees are made up of people with disabilities, disability community advocates, and service providers. The committees provide county elections departments with input regarding reasonable accommodations that help ensure equal access so that all registered voters can vote independently and privately (RCW 29A.04.223). If you are interested in joining your local Disability Advisory Committee, please contact your county elections department.