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Accessible Voting

 

We are here to help you vote independently.  We have an accessible voting unit with special features that can help you vote privately.  We also offer large print ballots for those with sight impairment.  Let us know how we can help you. 

Please contact us:

Email: elections@co.mason.wa.us
 
(360) 427-9670 ext. 470 or (360) 275-4255 ext. 470 (Toll free from Belfair)

PO Box 400
411 N Fifth St
Shelton, WA 98584
 
Accessible Voting Units (AVU)


Anyone can use the AVU but it has special features for voters with disabilities, it is available at least 18 days before the election. Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Election Day 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Audio-access: Headphones are available to provide an audio version of the ballot.
  • Tactile switches: A device to assist voters with limited upper-body mobility or dexterity.
  • Navigation buttons: Large, distinct buttons and braille help with navigating through the ballot for voters who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Sip and Puff:A device that assists voters with mobility impairments. 
 

View a demonstration of the AVU (from Travis County, Texas) 

See our Accessible Voting brochure for more information.

 

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Photo above of Karen Herr - Auditor, center, and Election staff: Susan Blankenship, on left, and Fina Ormond, on right.  They are holding an award from the Office of the Secretary of State for being a Champion for Voters with Disabilities.  The sign above their head reads: Accessible Voting Available.


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Photo above of Chuck Orthmann, member of our Committee, attending our Voting Accessibility Open House.  He's holding a Vote Washington sign and in the background are our Accessible Voting Units.

 

Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee

The Mason County Auditor’s office has established and maintains a Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee (VAAC). Members of this committee include individuals with, and people who provide accommodations to individuals with diverse disabilities.  The purpose of this committee is to advise the Auditor and the Elections Office on ways to improve the accessibility of elections for voters with disabilities.  The goal is to ensure that all voters are fully able to participate in the voting process and have the opportunity to vote privately and independently.

 

The committee meets regularly and all scheduled meetings and minutes are posted here:

Voting Accessibility Advisory plan 2017

Proclamation: National Disability Voter Registration Week July 11th-15th

Minutes

June 2014 meeting

April 2015 meeting

June 2016 meeting

June 2017 meeting

 
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