Accessible Voting

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Accessible Voting

It is your right to vote privately and independently. Please call the Craighead County Elections office at (870) 933-7709 with questions about accessible voting in Craighead County.

Voting absentee by mail

Voting absentee by mail gives all registered voters in Craighead County the opportunity to vote without having to travel to a voting location.

Absentee voting is an option for people with disabilities.

A voter may apply for an absentee ballot in person or by mail or may have a relative or guardian apply in person on his or her behalf. In addition, voters requiring assistance may be assisted by a person of the voter’s choice.

Voting materials in accessible formats

Sample ballots are available in large print format. You can request these materials by calling (870) 933-7709 or emailing Accessible-format materials will be available starting 30 days before the election.

Accessible voting locations

Voting locations must be made accessible for all people, regardless of ability. Under Arkansas 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) and the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) protect the right of people with disabilities to vote. These laws require that:

  • Voting is private and independent
  • Every voting location has an accessible voting machine
  • Every voting location has accessible parking
  • Voting locations have an accessible entrance and an accessible route to the entrance
  • Voting locations provide an accessible route to the voting area
  • Voting locations offer accessible voting procedures 
  • People who are blind or low vision get the help they need

Election workers are trained to work with voters with disabilities and to make the voting process accessible.

Accessible voting machines

Every voting location is required to have a voting machine that is ADA compliant. These machines include features like audio ballots, large print/zoom features, and height and tilt adjustments on the screens. Please let the election workers know if you have questions or need assistance with the voting machine.

Casting your ballot

You’ll find instructions for marking and casting your ballot 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 an election worker for instructions.

Assistance at the voting location

If you need assistance, you may bring someone with you to help you vote, or you may ask for help from an election worker. Anyone is permitted to help you vote except for your employer, an agent of your employer, or an agent of your union. The person who helps you vote is prohibited from influencing your selections and cannot tell others how you voted.

Signing election documents

If you can’t sign your name, you can use another legal mark, such as an approved signature stamp, or you can mark an “X” on the signature line.

If you can’t make any mark, you must indicate in some manner to the person assisting you that you want to sign your name. The person helping you must sign the election form and attest that you indicated that you want to sign the election form.

For more information on registration and voting in Craighead County, contact the Craighead County Elections office by telephone at (870) 933-7709 or by mail at:

Craighead County Elections P.O. Box 746 Jonesboro, AR 72403