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Voters with Disabilities Now Have More Options

Louisiana has become one of the first states in the country to make its absentee ballot by mail voting process available to people with disabilities.

Voters with documented disabilities can request their absentee ballot be sent to them via a secure email instead of by mail. These voters will complete their ballots using specialized software on their computers, which will allow them to vote without assistance.

This program benefits voters who are blind or who have significant physical disabilities. In the past, voters who are blind could not complete their paper absentee ballot without assistance, and had no way to verify that the person helping them had actually voted as they were directed. Voters who are blind and who have significant physical disabilities (such as those who cannot hold a pencil) were deprived of privacy by being forced to share their vote with the person assisting them. Accessing their ballots electronically will allow these voters to vote privately and independently.

Voters can contact their Registrar of Voters (https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/Registrar) to sign up for this program in person or by mail. Click here to download detailed instructions on how to sign up and participate in this program.

This program was established via HB 614, sponsored by Representative Helena Moreno (New Orleans). A copy of the legislation is available to download at http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=16RS&b=HB614&sbi=y

If you have problems signing up for this program, contact the Advocacy Center of Louisiana at 1-800-960-7705 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Article published: January 9, 2017, 11:20 a.m.