In Alabama, you have the right to the following items as protected by federal law. Election staff must be trained on and respect these rights:
- Accessible voter registration
- Accessible polling places
- Policies and procedures that do not discriminate against you based on your disability
- Accessible, available, and operational voting systems
- Your service animal to accompany you inside the polling place
- The right to vote privately and independently or with assistance, if requested
- Assistance from a person of your choice, who can be a friend, family member, or poll worker (but not your boss, union agent, or a candidate unless this person is your family member)
Federal law requires assistance in registering to vote from offices that provide public assistance or state-funded programs serving people with disabilities. Responsibilities of these offices include:
- Providing voter registration forms
- Assisting voters in completing the forms
- Transmitting completed forms to the appropriate election official
All aspects of voter registration must be accessible.
- You may request assistance from a poll worker or receive assistance from a person of your choice with the following exceptions:
- your employer or an agent of your employer
- an officer or agent of your union
If you have a disability which affects your ability to read print, you may request appropriate voter guides, ballots, or other materials by contacting your Absentee Election Manager’s Office.
Federal law requires polling places to meet minimum compliance standards for individuals with special needs.
- The Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act of 1984 (VAEHA) requires accessible polling places in federal elections for elderly individuals and people with disabilities. Where no accessible location is available to serve as a polling place, voters must be provided an alternate means of voting in person on Election Day.
- The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) requires at least one accessible voting system for persons with disabilities at each polling place in federal elections. The accessible voting system must provide the same opportunity for access and participation, including privacy and independence, that other voters receive.
If you want to check that your polling location meets these standards or find an alternative polling location, contact your local election official.
If you are mobility disabled or over the age of 70 you can request to be moved to the front of the line at the polling place
- All voting locations are equipped with accessible voting equipment on Election Day, available from 7:00am to 7:00pm
- Every polling location is equipped with at least one accessible voting machine to assist voters with disabilities
- Accessible voting machines are made available during in-person absentee voting (begins 55 days before each election)
Contact your local election official to preview a sample ballot and practice using accessible voting equipment.
If you have a problem while exercising your right to vote, you can:
- Submit an Alabama Voter Complaint Form
- Report issues online via web form
- Report issues via printable form
- Mailing Address:
Office of the Secretary of State
Voter Fraud Unit
P.O. Box 5616
Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5616
- Contact the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office
- Speak to a staff member by calling the toll free hotline 1-800-274-VOTE (8683)
- Complaints may be submitted via fax by at (334) 242-2444
- As of May, 2022 the Deputy Chief of Staff & Director of Elections is Clay Helms. Clay Helms is reachable by phone at 334-353-7177, or by e-mail at email@example.com
You can also fill out a Violation of Civil Rights Complaint Form and submit it to the US Department of Justice by one of the following methods:
- Online, through the form’s submission process - this is the fastest method.
- By fax at (202) 616-9881. You MUST include “ATTN: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Complaints" at the top of your fax submission for it to be processed correctly.
- By mailing your form to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of the Inspector General Investigations Division
ATTN: Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Complaints
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20530
For additional assistance, The National Network of ADA Centers can provide local contact information for other organizations you may wish to contact, including your Regional ADA Center or ADA Knowledge Translation Center, or Federal Agencies and Resources.
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