It is your right to vote privately and independently. Please call the Carroll County Board of Elections office at 330-627-2610 with questions or suggestions about accessible voting in Carroll County.
Voting by mail
Voting by mail, or absentee voting, gives all registered voters the opportunity to vote without having to travel to a voting location.
Learn more about the vote-by-mail process in Carroll County.
Accessible voting locations
Voting locations must be made accessible for all people, regardless of ability. Under State and Federal law, all voters must be given the same opportunity for access and participation in the voting process.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with disabilities from receiving unequal treatment within state and local government services, programs, and activities. (ADA, Title II) This law protects your right to vote by making sure that voters with disabilities have access to:
- Accessible parking
- An accessible route to the entrance
- An accessible entrance
- An accessible route to the voting area
- Voting procedures
- Voting machines
The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) protects the right of people with disabilities to vote by making sure that:
Voting locations are easy to get to and to use.
People who are blind or have problems seeing get the help they need.
Voting is private and personal.
Each polling location has an accessible voting machine.
Learn more about the voting locations in Carroll County.
Casting your ballot
Instructions for marking and casting your ballot are posted in each voting location. If you have any questions about how to mark or cast your ballot, or if you have incorrectly marked a ballot, contact an election official for instructions.
Assistance at the voting location
If you need assistance, you may bring someone with you to help you vote, or you may ask for assistance from the election officials. You may ask anyone to help you vote, except for the following people:
- Your employer
- An agent of your employer
- An agent of your union
- Any candidate whose name appears on the ballot
You may also get help in marking your ballot from election officials from two different political parties. Whomever helps you vote cannot tell you how to mark your ballot or provide information to others about how you voted.
Signing election documents
If you are unable to sign your own name and have no other legal mark, make an “X,” if possible, on the signature line. The person who witnessed you making that mark must write his or her name beneath the signature line.
If you are unable to make an “X,” you must indicate in some manner to the person assisting you that you want to sign your name. The person helping you must sign the election form and attest that you indicated that you want to sign the election form.
At any polling place that is exempt from the accessibility requirements, if you are unable to enter the polling place, you may vote curbside. Trained election officials from both major political parties will bring a ballot to you. You may sit in your car and vote, or you may vote at the door of the building.