If You Need Assistance
You may be assisted by any person of your choice, including a trained poll worker, except your employer or union representative, if:
- You cannot read.
- You cannot see the names printed.
- You do not speak English and need an interpreter (interpreters are available at some sites).
A magnifying sheet will be provided in the privacy booth.
The poll site voting system also includes a ballot marking device (BMD), an electronic device that assists voters in marking a paper ballot. It helps all voters, including those with disabilities, to vote privately and independently at their poll site.
Using the Ballot Marking Device (BMD)
The BMD provides two ways for voters to access the ballot:
See the ballot on the display screen.
Listen to the ballot through audio headphones.
The BMD provides four ways for voters to mark the ballot:
1. Touch screen
2. Key Pad (Braille)
3. Sip & Puff Device
4. Rocker Paddle
Follow these steps to mark your ballot using the BMD:
- Decide how you will access and mark the ballot.
- Insert your ballot into the feed tray.
- Select your preferred language.
- Select each candidate and/or issue for which you intend to mark a vote.
- Your selections will be highlighted in yellow on the screen and will be read through the headphones.
- Make sure the oval is filled in black.
- For write-in candidates, select "Write-in."
- Select letters to type the name of a candidate and select "OK."
- After completing your ballot, review your selections.
To change a selection, select the contest or issue you would like to change and reselect the proper choice. Select "NEXT" to return to the summary screen.
You may choose to void the ballot and start the process over. Voters have three opportunities to mark their ballot as they wish.
- When finished, select "NEXT." Select "Mark Ballot" to print your marked ballot.
- Take your printed ballot to the scanner area.
Your selections are not final until you insert your marked ballot into the scanner and cast your vote.
If you would like assistance inserting your ballot into the scanner, a poll worker will assist you.
There will be no time limit for voters when using the BMD.
Using Display and Touch Response may take 3 minutes or greater, depending on the length of the ballot.
Using Audio may take 15-45 minutes, depending on the length of the ballot.
At the bottom of the display screen you may change how the ballot looks:
Select "ZOOM IN" to make the text larger.
Select "ZOOM OUT" to bring the text back to original size.
Select "HIGH CONTRAST" to display the ballot in white text on a black background.
You may adjust the audio on the headphones:
Increase or decrease the speed of the audio.
Increase or decrease the audio volume. (The volume is initially set on low.)
Depending on what is currently required by law in the voter's Election District, the following languages may be available to voters:
Paper Ballots: Spanish, Chinese and Korean, Bengali
Text on Scanner and BMD: Spanish, Chinese and Korean, Bengali
Audio on BMD: Spanish, Chinese - Mandarin, Chinese - Cantonese and Korean, Bengali