Accessible Voting
 

As a voter with a disability, you can request a reasonable accommodation or assistance to vote. The Washington Secretary of State's Office 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 Clallam County Elections.

Accessible Voters' Pamphlet and Online Voters' Guide

The Online Voters' Guide is fully accessible with either a computer or mobile device. It is available for every Clallam County election, including February and April Special Elections, August Primaries and November General Elections.

Clallam County and the Washington Secretary of State's Office produce a local and statewide Voters' Pamphlet for every November General Election. Accessible formats of the Voters' Pamphlet are available online. If you wish to join the subscription list to receive a copy of the Voters' Pamphlet on CD or USB drive, please contact the Voter Hotline at (800) 448-4881 or email voterspamphlet@sos.wa.gov. Provide your preferred format, name, telephone number, and mailing address.

Accessible Voting Unit (AVU)

Clallam County's Accessible Voting Unit (AVU) is available starting 20 days before Election Day until 8 p.m. on Election Day. The AVU is located within the Auditor's Office in the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. 4th St. in Port Angeles. It is wheelchair-accessible and screened from other voters to maintain privacy. For specific dates in future elections that AVU voting is available see the Elections Calendar

Using an AVU

The AVU presents a full version of your ballot on a monitor. It simultaneously presents a full recorded audio version of the ballot. You can use headphones to listen to the text and prompts on your ballot. You select choices by using a select wheel, or by using a selection tool.

The AVU makes it possible for you to make and change your vote before casting your ballot. You will be alerted if you have made too many selections (overvote). In the case of visually impaired voters, an audio warning is provided. AVUs provide a paper record that can be used in the case of an audit or hand recount. For more information regarding the AVU, please contact Clallam County Elections

Assistance Voting Your Ballot

If you are unable to cast a ballot due to a disability, you may designate a person of your choice, or two election officers, to enter the voting booth and record the votes as you direct.

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. CLICK HERE for more information.

Accessibility Concerns

If you are concerned about the accessibility of a voting center, contact Clallam County Elections or the Washington Secretary of State Office's Elections Division at (800) 448-4881.

Additional Information for Voters with Disabilities:

Accessibility Services and Information

Accessibility in Clallam County

Other Accessibility Resources


Jefferson-Clallam County Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee

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).

Clallam and Jefferson counties are partners in a joint Voter Accessibility Advisory Committee (VAAC). The Jefferson-Clallam County VAAC meets twice per year and consists of members from both counties and the community. For upcoming meeting dates/times, contact Clallam County Elections.

 


Contact Clallam County Elections

Address: 223 E. 4th St., Suite 1, Port Angeles, WA 98362
(Located within the Clallam County Courthouse)
Phone: (360) 417-2221
Fax: (360) 417-2312
Email: jmaxion@co.clallam.wa.us