Curbside voting available to Iowans with disabilities on November 6th

Published: Nov. 2, 2018 at 10:36 AM CDT
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Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate and Disabilities Rights Iowa are helping Iowans with disabilities vote in Tuesday’s election. Together, they purchased curbside voting signs for every polling place in the state.

Curbside voting is an option available to Iowans with disabilities who have trouble exiting their vehicle or entering a polling place.

Voters may alert the precinct election officials they want to vote curbside or call their county auditor using the phone number on the sign. A bipartisan team of poll workers will bring the ballot to the voter at their vehicle.

The signs will be included in supplies that auditors give to each precinct location. They will be placed near the curb, next to the pathway to the entrance of the polling place.

“Iowa has permitted voters with disabilities to vote curbside for a long time, but not many voters knew about this option. Now with curbside voting signs at every precinct in every election, voters with disabilities have more options to exercise their right to vote. We hope they take advantage of this opportunity to vote privately and independently at their polling sites,” said Mark Leamen, Disability Rights Iowa voting advocate.