Disabled Voters: On-line Ballot Marking Made Easy





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Published on Jun 16, 2014



[Narrator] Any Multnomah County voter who has a disability can vote independently by using the "MyVote" link on the Oregon Secretary of State's web page.

This short video will show you step-by-step how to use that site with the adaptive technology you have available.

Begin by typing in your first and last name, followed by your birthdate.

Then, click on the link to "Voting instructions for voters with disabilities."

Voters with disabilities have two options:

They may call the Multnomah County elections office at 503-988-3720 to ask for assistance by having a home visit from an election worker.

Or they may use the simple screen reader and other technology to get access themselves to a ballot in their home using MyVote.
Here's how the MyVote process works.

Using your own assistive screen technology, mark the ballot to vote for candidates. A computer voice will confirm the candidate name you have chosen.

[Computer Voice] Candidate A, check box checked.
[Computer Voice] Candidate D, check box checked.
[Computer Voice] Candidate E, check box checked.

[Narrator] If you make a mistake, such as inadvertently voting for more than one candidate, the computer voice will describe the error which you could then easily fix.

[Computer Voice] Candidate E, check box not checked.

[Narrator] The process is just as simple for ballot questions. Mark "Yes" or "No" and a computer voice will again confirm your decision.

[Computer Voice] Yes, check box checked.

[Narrator] After you have completed filling out your entire ballot... Check it for any mistakes...

[Computer Voice] No mistakes found.

[Narrator] Print it out...

[Computer Voice] Print your ballot summary.

[Narrator] Insert it in the secrecy envelope... place the secrecy envelope in the main election envelope... sign it... and mail it to your county elections office.

[Esther Harlow, Disability Rights Oregon] 1 in 8 Oregonians who skips voting says it was because of a disability.

As a voting rights advocate for Disability Rights Oregon, I encourage you to exercise your constitutional right to vote.
Use the MyVote link on the Secretary of State website, or call the Multnomah County Elections office for accommodations.

If you know someone with a disability, please share this video with them.

We want all Oregonians to know about their rights and how easy it can be to vote.

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