How to Use an Accessible eSlate

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How to Use an Accessible eSlate

The eSlate is accessible in six ways:

  • For those who cannot operate the eSlate using the buttons and wheel, special interface devices are available as shown here.
  • For those who cannot see or read the eSlate screen, use the headphones with volume control to hear the ballot.
  • Please also review How to Use the eSlate to learn how the eSlate is operated.

Accessible Features

Those who are blind, visually impaired, or have difficulty reading can listen to the ballot. The SELECT wheel is the trigger to the audio. Turning clockwise moves the listener through the ballot. To hear something repeated, turn the SELECT wheel counterclockwise.

Those using hearing aids with a telecoil mode may use their neckloop rather than the headphones.

The RED jelly switch is the same as the SELECT wheel.

The GREEN jelly switch is the same as the ENTER button.

Voters with quadriplegia can use their sip n puff to move through the ballot. Sip to move through the ballot. Puff to mark your choice.

If you cannot get into your polling place, a poll worker can bring the eSlate to your car so you can vote in privacy.

The accessible eSlate unit is in a wheelchair-accessible booth. If you are not in a chair but need to sit while voting, a chair can be used with the special booth.

Please call the Disability Rights Texas Voting Rights Hotline at 1-888-796-VOTE (8683) or email vote@drtx.org if you need help with voting, have a question about your rights, or believe your rights are being violated.


Last updated: August 28, 2020
Publication Code: HA17

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Disclaimer: Disability Rights Texas strives to update its materials on an annual basis, and this handout is based upon the law at the time it was written. The law changes frequently and is subject to various interpretations by different courts. Future changes in the law may make some information in this handout inaccurate.

The handout is not intended to and does not replace an attorney’s advice or assistance based on your particular situation.

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