Accessible Vote-by-Mail System New Service for Voters with Disabilities
If you have a disability, you may use the accessible vote-by-mail system, a new ballot delivery option that allows you to access and mark your ballot using any computer with internet access. You also must have access to a printer to print your marked ballot.
Your ballot will be presented onscreen in an accessible format that is compatible with screen readers. You can use an assistive device to mark your votes. After marking your ballot, you must print and return it to the Department of Elections by mail or in person.
This service provides an opportunity for accessible voting without having to go to a polling place.
To use this service, you must request to vote by mail by October 30.
How to apply. If you already vote by mail, you do not need to submit a new request.
Accessing Your Ballot
You will receive a paper ballot, a postage-paid return envelope, and voting instructions in the mail. If you wish to access and mark your ballot through the accessible vote-by-mail system, you can use the postage-paid return envelope to send your printed ballot to the Department of Elections. You may also use your own envelope or return your ballot in person.
You may access your ballot anytime during the early voting period, Monday, October 8, through Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, at sfelections.org/access.
Votes Remain Private
The accessible vote-by-mail system does not store voters’ selections or transmit them over the internet.
When the Department of Elections receives your ballot, your selections will be transferred (duplicated) onto a paper ballot for tabulation by the voting equipment, as required by state election law. During this process, to preserve the secrecy of the votes, the Department of Elections will remove and separate the ballot from the return envelope that has your name, address, and signature.
The Department of Elections follows the duplication process authorized by state election law. This process is open to public observation and is live-streamed on sfelections.org.
For more information, contact the Department of Elections.