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Options for Voters with Special Needs 

Last updated November 21 2013

Alternative Format Ballot Email Request
Voters with disabilities can request an Alternative Format Ballot (AFB) allowing voters with disabilities who are unable to mark a printed ballot to vote privately and independently at home if they have, or have access to, a computer with a web browser and a printer.

Large Print Ballot
Voters who are sight impaired can also request a large print ballot be mailed to them.

Assistance in Voting
ORS 254.445 and Oregon Vote-by-Mail Manual (Pg 50)
Upon request, an elector is entitled to receive the assistance of two persons of different parties or by some other person chosen by the elector.

A person may not assist an elector if the person is:

  • an employer of the elector or an agent of the employer; or
  • an officer or agent of the union of which the elector is a member.

Elector must be able to convey his/her choices to the person(s) assisting.

Upon request from an elector, there are various locations where elections personnel may provide assistance, including the elector’s home, elections office, community service center, senior center or assisted living facility, or as agreed upon between elections staff and the elector.

Lane County Elections would appreciate as much advance notice as possible if an elector will require assistance outside the elections office.

Difficulty in Signing Ballot
If an elector has difficulty signing his/her ballot, either due to a temporary or permanent basis, there is the option of completing an updated voter registration card and a Signature Attestation Form. This allows a signature stamp or other indicator used by the voter to represent the voter’s signature on any election document.

The signature stamp or other indicator used by the voter to represent the voter’s signature shall be the same stamp or other indictor used by the voter to represent the voter’s signature on the attestation form and the voter’s registration form.

Any changes require completion of a new attestation form and voter registration form to show the new representation of the voter’s signature.

Oregon Law does not permit a spouse, caretaker, or someone with a power of attorney to sign or vote on behalf of a voter. The voter has to be able to convey his/her choices to the person(s) assisting and the voter has to make his/her own signature mark.

Any Lane County voter who wishes to request an alternative format ballot by email, receive a large print ballot, or wants to come to Lane County Elections to vote on the Accessible Computer Station, or needs assistance, may call (541) 682-4234.

Additional resources are available at
http://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/disabilities.aspx