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Accessible Voting

It is your right to vote privately and independently. Should you have questions, please call the Yuba County Election's Office at (530) 749-7855.

VOTING BY MAIL
Voting by Mail gives all registered voters the opportunity to vote without having to travel to a voting location. Voters with disabilities can request access to a Remote Accessible Vote by Mail Ballot by emailing the elections department at elections@co.yuba.ca.us.

More information about Voting by Mail.

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 and compact disc formats as well as a downloadable MP3 version. A large print guide is also available. These alternative formats are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.

If you or someone you know is interested in receiving copies of either the cassette, compact disc, or large-print version of the State Voter Information Guide free of charge, please call the Secretary of State's Elections Division at (916) 657-2166 or visit their website at: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/voter-information-guides/.

For a downloadable audio version of the State Voter Information Guide, please visit: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/voter-information-guides/.

ACCESSIBLE VOTING LOCATIONS
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) requires 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) requires:
  • 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.
ACCESSIBLE VOTING
Every polling location is required to have a voting device that is accessible for all voters. This includes features like audio ballots, large print/zoom features, and height and tilt adjustments on the screens. Please let a poll worker know if you have questions or need assistance with voting.

Yuba County now uses Dominion's ImageCast X (ICX) Ballot Marking Device. Each poll site will have at least one unit so voters can mark their ballot independently and privately.

This device allows any voter to navigate their ballot using features such as:
  • Options to change the text size and contrast on the tablet
  • Audio Tactile Interface Keypad (ATI) with Braille
  • Headphones and Audio Instructions in English and Spanish
  • Privacy Mask, for voters with low vision to ensure their votes are kept private as they use the Audio Instuctions
  • Abilitiy for a voter to bring in their own Paddle or Sip and Puff assistive device
This machine does not count votes.  After the voter confirms their selections on the "Review" screen, the voter must print their ballot selections and place in the ballot box in order for their ballot to count.

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 a poll worker for assistance.

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 a poll worker. You may ask anyone to help you vote, except for the following:
  • Your employer
  • An agent of your employer
  • An agent of your union
You may also get help marking your ballot from a trained poll worker. Whoever helps you vote cannot tell you how to mark your ballot or provide information to others about how you voted.

MARKING YOUR BALLOT FROM HOME
Voters with disabilities can request and receive access to the Accessible Vote by Mail System. The Accessible Vote by Mail System allows voters with disabilities to download and mark their correct ballot privately and independently using their own assistive technology, print their marked ballot, and mail it to the Elections Office to be counted.

LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE
In precincts where the Secretary of State has determined that it is appropriate, the County Elections Office will have Hmong translation copies of the ballot posted at the polling place to use as a reference when casting a private ballot. In addition, any voter may choose to bring someone to assist them in voting.

RESOURCES
Disability Rights California Voting Publications
California Secretary of State: Publications and Resources
US Department of Justice: Disability Rights