[Nfbnet-members-list] Blind Voter Hotline

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Thu Oct 13 02:47:18 UTC 2016


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 low vision 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 8, 2016, 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 8th 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 Charles Brown by e-mail at 
<mailto:cbrown at nfb.org>cbrown at nfb.org or by phone at 410-659-9314, 
extension 2224; or Lou Ann Blake, by e-mail at 
<mailto:lblake at nfb.org>lblake at nfb.org or by phone at 410-659-9314, 
extension 2221.

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

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