Access by Voters with Disabilities
Maryland is committed to making voting accessible to all voters. All of the early voting centers in Maryland are accessible to voters with disabilities.
Presidential General Election
By mail-In ballot
Request a mail-in ballot. Your ballot can be mailed or printed from SBE's website. If you have a disability and cannot mark your ballot independently, we offer an online tool to help you mark your ballot. With this tool, most voters with disabilities can make selections without help. If you would like to use this online tool, request a mail-in ballot and check the box saying that you want to print your ballot from SBE's website.
See the Mail-In Voting page for more information.
Important Note: A recent change in the law requires the State Board of Elections and each local board of elections to refer to absentee ballots as mail-in ballots and absentee voting as mail-in voting. Please note that this change in terminology does NOT change the process of mail-in voting.
Is accessible voting available?
Yes, a ballot marking device that is accessible to most voters is available at all voting locations in early voting centers and polling places. Using a headset and keypad, blind voters and voters with low vision are able to vote by listening to the ballot selections and by using the keypad. You may also choose to use the high contrast and large print functions of the voting unit. Other assistive devices (for example, sip and puff) can be plugged into the device.
If you want to use the audio ballot, ask an election judge. Election judges will answer questions and help you, if needed.
Is there a way I mark my mail-in ballot without help?
Yes. If you ask to receive your ballot via SBE's website, you can use an online tool to help you mark your ballot. The tool is compatible with the most common software used by individuals with disabilities, and you can use your own assistive devices with the tool.
If you use this tool, you make your choices on your computer and print your ballot. Your printed ballot will have your choices marked. With this tool, most voters with disabilities can make selections without help.
Can someone help me vote?
Yes. You can bring someone to help you vote as long as that person is not:
- Your employer or an agent of your employer
- An officer or agent of your union
- A challenger or watcher
Or, you may choose to have two election judges help you.
The person helping you must sign the Voter Assistance Form and cannot suggest how you should vote.