Accessible voting gives voters with disabilities a choice
October 20, 2012 · 11:03 PM
The Secretary of State's office posted a blog Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) for individuals with disabilities who can’t use vote-by-mail paper ballots.
These special units give voters the ability to listen to the ballot choices with headphones and they include a keypad helpful for voters with visual, cognitive or learning disabilities. For people who use wheelchairs, AVU height can be adjusted and most also have an insert device for people who use sip and puff auxiliary aids.
Washington state has an 18-day voting period starting on Oct. 19 when AVUs are available for this fall’s General Election. Your county has at least one Accessible County Election Center where AVUs can be found, often located in the county courthouse or the county elections department building.