Elderly and Disabled Voters Have Several Options to Make it Easier to Vote

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There are provisions in the Code of Virginia that give the elderly and disabled easier access to the election polls under the ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act, which include absentee and curbside voting.

Voters may choose to vote absentee if they are elderly, disabled or ill, or if they are primarily and personally responsible for the care of an ill or disabled family member who is confined at home. There are two ways to vote absentee, by mail or in person.

To vote absentee by mail, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website to have a ballot mailed. Requests for mailed absentee ballots must be made before 5:00 p.m. on November 1. All ballots must be returned to the Office of Elections at 9250 Lee Avenue, Suite 1, Manassas, Va. 20110, by Election Day on November 8, in order to be counted. Voters are encouraged to mail their ballots five to nine days ahead of time to make sure they arrive at the Office of Elections on time.

In-person absentee voting allows people to vote before Election Day at one of four locations across the county, which include:

  • Prince William Office of Elections at 9250 Lee Avenue in Manassas, beginning September 23.
  • Woodbridge Department of Motor Vehicles at 2731 Caton Hill Road in Woodbridge, beginning September 23.
  • James J. McCoart Building, Occoquan Conference Room, 1 County Complex Court in Woodbridge, beginning October 17.
  • Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, Auditorium, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive in Woodbridge, beginning October 17.

Visit pwcvotes.com for information on hours of operation at all of the in-person absentee voting locations and a full list of those eligible to vote absentee.

If voters are disabled, Prince William County uses ADA equipment in each polling place which allows the voter to use specialized devices to help mark their ballots.  Voters can use a puff-and-sip device or listen to the ballot and turn a wheel on a control device to make their choices. The voter or an assistant will then be able to place the ballot into the optical scanner to be counted.

Curbside voting will be available at all polling places on Election Day for people 65 or older and anyone with a disability who has difficulty getting inside to vote. To vote at curbside, an election officer will bring the voter a ballot. The voter marks the ballot in a secret manner, but in the presence of the election officer. Once the voter has completed the ballot, the election officer will then immediately return inside and deposit the ballot into the optical scanner.

For all voters, the deadline to register to vote or update existing registration information for the November 8, 2016, General Election is Monday, October 17.

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