People with disabilities can vote in the June 5th election remotely!
Dear Colleagues and Disability Community Members,
The San Francisco Department of Elections is offering a new service for voters with disabilities: the remote accessible vote-by-mail system. The remote accessible vote-by-mail system is a new ballot delivery option that allows voters with disabilities to access and mark their ballot using any computer with internet access. After entering some information to confirm their eligibility, voters will access their ballot onscreen in a format that is compatible with screen readers. After marking their ballot, voters must print and return it to the Department of Elections by mail or in person.
This service is a State-implemented response to legislation requiring accessible remote voting be implemented throughout California specifically for people with disabilities and oversees military personnel by the June 2018 election cycle. Residents with disabilities living outside of SF County can check with their local Elections Department for accessible remote voting procedures.
Since early voting for the June 5th election starts next week, the San Francisco Department of Elections would appreciate anything you can do to help them spread the word to people who might benefit from this additional option to vote independently and privately.
To use this system, voters must be registered to vote by mail. Those who are not already vote-by-mail voters may apply by May 29th at sfelections.org/vbm or by calling (415) 554-4375 or TTY (415) 554-4386.
Voters can access their ballot from Monday, May 7th , through Election Day, Tuesday, June 5th , at sfelections.org/access.
Please help us share information about this new voting option. If you would like the Department of Elections to send you materials or provide a presentation about this new service, please contact Jill Fox, Outreach Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 554-5685.