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Voting Access

Our Voting Access Project provides information and assistance to people with disabilities who have voting problems related to their disabilities.

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Voter Toolkit

Register to Vote

To find out how to register or update your current registration, click here.

Online voter registration is now available!  Click here to register.

Oregon Voter Bill of Rights

For a text-only version of the Oregon Voter Bill of Rights, click here.

If you believe your voting rights have been violated, contact DRO.

Voter Value Sheet 

Not sure which candidate to choose?  Use this sheet to identify what's important to you.  If you care about something that is not listed here, then add it to your list.  Then, find out what the candidates think (see the Voter Information section below) and find who matches your values. 

For the Voter Value Sheet, click here.

Voter Information

Easy Voters' Guide 

Disability Rights Oregon continues to work with the League of Women Voters of Oregon Education Fund and the Oregon Secretary of State to bring voters an Easy Voters' Guide.

For the November 2012 Election Easy Voters' Guide in English, click here.

Haga clic aquí para una versión en PDF de la Guía Fácil para Votantes Noviembre 2012 en Español.

Oregon State Voters' Pamphlet

For an audio version of the 2012 Primary Election Guide, click here.

Voting in Oregon Guide 

The Voting in Oregon Guide from the Oregon Secretary of State explains the entire voting process, from registering to vote to returning your ballot.

For an online version of the Voting in Oregon Guide in English, click here.

For a PDF version of the Voting in Oregon Guide in Spanish, click here.

For an audio version of the Voting in Oregon Guide, click here.

Voter Ballot Drop Box Locator

You can find a drop box close to you by clicking a county on the map or by typing in an address.  The State of Oregon Ballot Drop Box Map provides a listing of all official ballot drop sites across the state.  

Click here for the State of Oregon's Drop Box Locator.

Voter Assistance

Alternate Format Ballot (AFB) 

If you are not able to use a standard ballot independently, now there is a new tool that may help.  The Alternate Format Ballot, or AFB, allows voters to mark their ballot using a computer.  The AFB is e-mailed directly to the voter.  Alternatively, the AFB is mailed to the voter on a computer disc. 

The voter, using her own computer and, if necessary, assistive technology, opens the AFB, marks it, prints it and returns it in the ballot envelopes (the secrecy envelope and the signature envelope), the same as a standard ballot.

The AFB allows many voters with disabilities to do what all Oregon voters without disabilities have the option of doing: vote from the privacy and comfort of their home.  Many people with disabilities already have computers with accessibility features that they use on a daily basis to access a variety of information.

For those voters who do not have access to the required technology, each county elections office has at least one computer and printer dedicated as an accessible voting station.  These computers are equipped with accessibility features.  These features allow voters with disabilities to have access to vote.  Examples of accessibility features include:

  • Screen readers
  • Text enlargers
  • Switches
  • Puff/sip capabilities
  • Scanners

Each county has at least one laptop computer, also equipped with accessibility features, for use by county elections staff to provide assistance in a voter's home (if the voter cannot leave their home because of a disability) or in a community setting (e.g., senior center, nursing home, Independent Living Center).

To learn more about the AFB, and whether it might be right for you, watch this video.

To request an AFB, contact your county elections office.

Large Print Ballot   

You can get your ballot in large print by contacting your county elections office

Voter Trainings

Esther Harlow, a Disability Rights Oregon advocate, is available to provide trainings to voters with disabilities on voter rights, the types of assistance that are available to voters with disabilities (including the Alternate Format Ballot), and voting materials that can help voters to be more informed.

Please call 1-800-452-1694 to request a training in your area.

Voting Access Links

Federal Election Law Information

Oregon Voting Information

Voting in Oregon Guide

Register to Vote

Contact Information for County Elections Offices

Oregon's Help America Vote Act (HAVA) Website

Filing a Complaint for a HAVA Violation

Contact Your Legislators

Voting Issues for People with Disabilities

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD): Disability Vote Project

National Technical Assistance Center for Voting and Cognitive Access


United Cerebral Palsy (UCP): Voter Rights

Groups Providing General Info and Assistance

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Voting Rights Project

League of Women Voters

National Campaign For Fair Elections

For information on, or assistance with, disability-related voting issues,
contact Disability Rights Oregon.

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