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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Email Ballots with Screen Reader Technology Available to Absentee Voters with Disabilities

Charlottesville

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2020

In compliance with ADA standards, absentee ballots that utilize screen reader technology and ballot marking tools are now available to voters with disabilities.

For absentee voters with disabilities who cannot or do not wish to have an assistant present while marking their mail (absentee) ballot, the Virginia Department of Elections has made available email ballots that utilize screen reader technology. This tool is most useful to voters who are visually impaired who want to mark their ballots privately.

  • Voters will still be required to apply for a mail ballot. 
  • Only voters with disabilities (or overseas/military voters) qualify to receive a ballot by email.
  • The Statement of Voter on Envelope B must be correctly completed and returned with the ballot.  
  • Ballots can only be delivered by email. Ballot CANNOT be returned by email.
  • Marked ballots must be printed and returned by mail, courier service or hand delivery. 

Voters with disabilities who would like to use this system to request a mail (or absentee) ballot, please contact the Office of Voter Registration at (434) 970-3250 or vote@charlottesville.gov for instructions and information. 


Media Contact
Melissa A. Morton
Director of Elections and General Registrar
City of Charlottesville
(434) 970-3250
mortonm@charlottesville.gov

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