Accessible Write-In Ballots
The Department of State is committed to increasing accessibility for voters with disabilities. Voters may request accessible write-in ballots for the June 2, 2020, Primary Election. These ballots will allow blind and low-vision voters to vote privately and independently.
To obtain an accessible write-in ballot, an individual must:
- Be an eligible Pennsylvania voter who applied for an absentee or mail-in ballot by the May 26, 2020, deadline and has not yet submitted their voted ballot.
- Submit an email request to
email@example.com for the accessible write-in ballot by 8 p.m. on May 29, 2020. Include in the email the voter's full name, date of birth and address where registered.
- Complete an accessible declaration electronically sent to them by the department and authenticate the declaration with a valid Pennsylvania driver's license, a valid Pennsylvania state personal identification number or the last four digits of the voter's Social Security number.
The department will electronically transmit via email to the requesting voter:
- an accessible write-in ballot;
- an accessible declaration form;
- accessible instructions;
- an accessible candidate list for the voter's election district; and
- a write-in envelope.
Using their screen reader software, voters with disabilities can then vote in the privacy of their own homes, print their voted ballot and return it to their
county elections office. Their county must receive their voted ballot by 8 p.m. on June 2. A postmark is not sufficient.