Accessible voting

It is your right to vote privately and independently. Please call the Mercer County election office at 304-487-8338 or 8339 with questions or suggestions about accessible voting in Mercer County.

Voting by mail

Voting by mail, or absentee voting, gives all registered voters the opportunity to vote without having to travel to a voting location. Learn more about the vote-by-mail process in Mercer county.

Accessible voting locations

Voting locations must be made accessible for all people, regardless of ability. Under State and Federal law, all voters must be given the same opportunity for access and participation in the voting process.

If you unable to enter a voting location, trained poll workers and election staff will work with you to either:

  • direct you to a convenient voting location

  • assist you so you may vote in your car.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with disabilities from receiving unequal treatment within state and local government services, programs, and activities. (ADA, Title II)  This law protects your right to vote by making sure that voters with disabilities have access to:

  • Accessible parking
  • An accessible route to the entrance
  • An accessible entrance
  • An accessible route to the voting area
  • Voting procedures
  • Voting machines

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) protects the right of people with disabilities to vote by making sure that:

  • Voting locations are easy to get to and to use.
  • People who are blind or have problems seeing get the help they need.
  • Voting is private and personal.
  • Each polling location has an accessible voting machine.

Learn more about the voting locations in Mercer County.

Accessible voting machines

Every polling location is required to have a voting machine that is ADA-compliant. These machines include features like audio ballots, large print/zoom features, and height and tilt adjustments on the screens.  Please let the poll workers know if you need assistance with the voting machine.

Mercer County voters use the ES&S iVotronic. To operate the machine:

  1. Poll worker activates the voter's ballot with PEB and presses display ballot.
  2. Select candidates by touching their names or the adjacent box, touch again to deselect. To vote for a write-in candidate, touch the Write-In line - a keyboard will appear. Type in the name of the candidate, touch the Record Write-In button to continue.
  3. Use the Next and Back buttons to navigate if your ballot is more than one page.
  4. Review your choices on the Summary screen, touch the VOTE button to cast your vote.
  5. Make sure you confirm your vote at the end of the summary screen.

Casting your vote

Instructions for marking and casting your vote are posted in each voting location. If you have any questions about how to mark or cast your vote, or if you have incorrectly marked a vote, contact an election official for instructions.

Assistance at the voting location

If you need assistance, you may bring someone with you to help you vote, or you may ask for assistance from the election officials. You may ask anyone to help you vote, except for the following people:

  • Your employer
  • An agent of your employer
  • An agent of your union
  • Any candidate whose name appears on the ballot

You may also get help in marking your vote from election officials from two different political parties. Whomever helps you vote cannot tell you how to mark your vote or provide information to others about how you voted.

Signing election documents

If you are unable to sign your own name and have no other legal mark, make an "X," if possible, on the signature line. The person who witnessed you making that mark must write his or her name beneath the signature line.

If you are unable to make an "X," you must indicate in some manner to the person assisting you that you want to sign your name. The person helping you must sign the election form and attest that you indicated that you want to sign the election form.