Accessible Voting for People with Visual Disabilities

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Disability Rights Texas Handout

Last updated: 08/28/2020
Publication Code: HA18

E-Slate Instructions for Voters with Visual Impairment

This handout is available in Braille and/or on audio tape upon request.

The eSlate is a direct record electronic machine that any voter may use though it is provided to allow voters with disabilities, including those who are blind, mobility impaired or lack upper-body dexterity, to vote privately and independently. The eSlate will be in a booth that is wheelchair accessible.

If you are a voter who is blind or has a visual impairment, ask the poll worker for the eSlate accessible voting machine when you check in. The poll worker will direct you to the machine that you will use and will place the headphones to the machine in your hands. You will be given an access code to enter to cast your private, independent vote.

  1. You will listen to the ballot through headphones that have volume control on the cord. Instructions are available as needed.
  2. If you have a question while voting, just press the inch-long horizontal “help” button twice and a poll worker will come.
  3. Each time you turn the wheel at the lower right clockwise, you will feel a click. This triggers the audio for each line of the ballot. Keep turning until you hear your selection. You may turn the wheel counter-clockwise to go back and repeat a line.
  4. Press the large “Enter” button to the immediate left of the wheel to mark your choice. You can change your selection at any time.
  5. Listen to the summary page at the end to verify you voted as intended.
  6. Press the round “Cast Ballot” button at the far left to finish the voting process.
  7. When finished, you will hear a message thanking you for participating.

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

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Intake: 1-800-252-9108
Main Line: 512-454-4816

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.