Voters With Disabilities
It is your right to vote privately and independently. Please call the Glenn County Elections Department at (530) 934-6414 with questions or suggestions about accessible voting in Glenn 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.
State Voter Information Guide
The Secretary of State's office provides multiple alternative versions of the State Voter Information Guide. Three different audio options are available; cassette, CD, and a downloadable MP3 version. A large print guide is also available. These alternative formats are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.
If you or someone you know is interested in receiving copies of either the cassette, CD, or large-print version of the Voter Information Guide, free of charge, please call the Secretary of State's Elections Division at (916) 657-2166, or visit their website at: http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/alt-versions/
For a downloadable audio version of the State Voter Information Guide, Please visit: http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/audio/
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 rights 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.
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 you ballot, or if you have incorrectly marked a ballot, contact an elections 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 an elections official.
You may also get help in marking your ballot from trained elections officials. Whoever helps you vote cannot tell you how to mark your ballot or provide information to others about how you voted. If you need additional assistance with voting, you can contact the Glenn County Elections Department at 530-934-6414 or you may contact Disability Rights California at 1-888-569-7955.
Signing elections 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.
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.
Links to additional Resources:
The Secretary of State website offers Voter Information Guides in audio, large-print, and alternative formats; information on the Secretary of State's Statewide Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee (VAAC); along with opportunities to volunteer and give feedback by participating in private surveys.
The EAC (Election Assistance Commission) provides timely and useful information to American voters, who deserve accessible, accurate and secure elections. Many links to resources.
Disability Rights California advocates for equal rights, opportunity, dignity, and choice in many areas as well as voting. Offers voting publications. Provides materials in alternative formats and provides disability related reasonable accommodations when requested.