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Listening to web pages (ReadSpeaker)

Pages on this site are equipped with ReadSpeaker, a feature that allows the text on this website to be read out loud to you. It provides assistance if you have trouble reading text online. By having the text read out loud to you, you can understand the information on the website more easily. As a user you don’t have to download anything. You simply click the listen button and the reading starts automatically. For more information on how to use ReadSpeaker, go to the ReadSpeaker Help page at www.acgov.org/rov/rshelp.htm

Information for Voters with Disabilities

Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee

The Alameda County Registrar of Voter’s office staff meets quarterly with its Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee to discuss improvements being made to improve access to voting independently and privately. Anyone who is interested in attending these meetings can contact the Registrar of Voter’s office at (510) 383-1717.

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Voter Information

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters' Office is committed to providing the fundamental right to all voters by ensuring they can vote independently and privately.

Pre-Election Day

Voter Information Pamphlets

  • Voter Information Pamphlets are mailed to all registered voters at approximately 5 weeks before every election. The pamphlet includes a sample ballot and may include candidate and measure information.
  • Polling place information is located on the back cover of the Voter Information Pamphlet. The accessibility of the polling place will be indicated with the words, "Yes" and "No" printed below the disability symbol.

Voter Information Pamphlet - Formats

disability symbol

"Yes" means the voters polling place is accessible.

"No" means the voters polling place is not accessible.

  • The Registrar of Voters office provides the Voter Information Pamphlet in an audio MP3 format (on our website) or on CD format (mailed by request)
  • To request a Voter Information Pamphlet in these formats, please call (510) 272-6933.
  • The Secretary of State's office provides the State Voter Information Guide in large print format and on audiocassette.

Request Alternative Accessible Polling Place

  • A voter who is unable to enter his or her polling place because it is inaccessible may request to be assigned to an accessible polling place by calling (510) 272-6933. Requests must be made no later than two weeks before an election.

Vote by Mail

  • Any registered voter may apply for a vote by mail ballot. Applications must be received by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office no later than 7 days prior to the election.
    Any voter may request a vote-by-mail ballot in the following ways:
    1. Apply online at: www.acgov.org/rov/votebymail.htm
    2. Complete the application form on the back cover of the Voter Information Pamphlet and mail it to the Registrar of Voters office.
    3. E-MAIL, fax, or mail us a letter requesting a vote-by-mail ballot and include your name, home address, the address to which you want the ballot mailed, and your signature.
    4. Call (510) 272-6973 to request a ballot to be mailed to you.
  • Voters can also apply to become a permanent vote-by-mail Voter, simply check the box and initial on the application form found either on the back cover of the Voter Information Pamphlet
  • Voters can also apply online by downloading an application form or submitting a form online at: www.acgov.org/rov/votebymail.htm
  • Once you become a permanent vote-by-mail voter, you will automatically receive a ballot by mail for every election.

Early Voting

  • Beginning 29 days before an election, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office serves as a polling place during regular hours, 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday and from 7:00am to 8:00pm on Election Day. In addition, there may be weekend voting hours for a Primary and General Election; please contact our office at (510) 272-6973 for more information on weekend hours.

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Election Day

Accessible Voting Machine

  • Alameda County voters have the option to use an accessible touchscreen voting machine designed to assist voters with disabilities to vote independently and privately. The accessible voting machine provides two options for voters to cast a ballot.
  • Voters can make ballot selections using a touchscreen and review their selections on a paper record before casting their vote. The touchscreen also features an option to enlarge the text size on the screen.
  • The accessible voting machine also provides an audio ballot feature that allows voters to listen to instructions and ballot selections while voting. The audio feature is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

Accessible Voting Booths

  • Designated accessible voting booths are available at every polling place in Alameda County, where a voter who uses a wheelchair can easily access the booth and vote.

Assistance with Voting

  • Any voter who needs help in marking a ballot can request assistance.
  • A poll worker can provide assistance or the voter may select a person of his or her choice.
  • Assistance may include reading the ballot to the voter and/or marking the voter's choices.
  • Assistance may be provided to the voter using a paper ballot or with the Accessible Voting Machine.

Curbside Voting

  • If you are unable to enter your polling place because of age or physical disability, you will be allowed to vote either in your vehicle or near the polling place. For more information, please contact our office at (510) 272-6933.

Voters with Vision Impairments

  • Magnifying devices are available at every polling place for voters who may have difficulty reading the ballot.

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