Blind Voter Hotline

Our national elections are only a few days away.  Please be sure to take the time to go out and make your voice heard!  If we don’t vote, politicians think we’re not important–and they won’t listen to us in our fight for equality for ourselves and our children.

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requires that every polling place have at least one accessible voting machine available for every federal election so voters with disabilities can cast a private and independent ballot. To help ensure that blind and visually impaired voters are not denied this right,  the National
Federation of the Blind will host an Election Day hotline that blind and visually impaired voters, poll workers, and voting rights advocates can call when problems with accessible voting technology or other barriers are preventing a blind voter from casting a private and independent ballot. The hotline will be
available on November 6, 2012, by calling 1-877-632-1940 from 7 a.m. EST to 7 p.m. PST. Individuals who have experience in the operation of accessible voting technology will be manning the hotline to provide assistance to blind voters, election officials, and voting rights advocates.

Following the November 6th elections, the NFB will conduct an online survey to determine the experience of blind voters. A link to the online survey will be available from the NFB home page following the election.

Questions about the blind voter hotline or the blind voter survey may be directed to Lou Ann Blake, HAVA project manager, by e-mail at lblake@nfb.org or by telephone at 410-659-9314, extension 2221.

Be sure to make your voice heard by exercising your right to
vote!

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