PLAN YOUR VOTE: Ohio's Remote Ballot Marking System
October 15, 2020 by Ross Musick
For Ohioans with disabilities, there are many different options available to ensure their voices are heard in the upcoming November election. While options like mailing in an absentee ballot and curbside voting at a polling place on Election Day can make voting more accessible to many people with disabilities, many Ohioans may need a different way to cast their ballot.
Any Ohioan with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is qualified to use a remote ballot marking tool to vote. In this system, a ballot is sent to the voter electronically and any number of accessibility devices are used to mark the ballot on a computer. The completed ballot is then printed and mailed back to the voter’s local Board of Elections.
If you would like to take advantage of Ohio’s remote ballot marking system, you must fill out this application on the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, download and print it, and mail it to the address provided. Instructions will then be sent to you on receiving and marking your ballot electronically.
No matter the method by which you participate in the November general election, it’s important that you have a plan to ensure your vote is heard and your vote is counted.
DRO operates a voter hotline every Election Day from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm.
If you need help, call us at 614-466-7264 or 800-282- 9181. Our normal intake line is open from 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. We are working remotely, so leave us a voicemail and we will call you back.