Meeting Voter Access Needs

The New York State Board of Elections is committed to providing exemplary assistance to all voters, including those with access needs. Any voter who requests assistance is entitled to receive it, regardless of the reason.

To facilitate voter accessibility, our poll workers are trained to:

  • Treat voters with dignity
  • Effectively communicate with voters
  • Interact with voters
  • Use positive language
  • Practice natural communication
  • Act appropriately around service animals
  • Offer assistance for all access needs

The New York State Board of Elections has also made registering to vote accessible to all voters by offering multiple methods for completing a Voter Registration Form on our Voter Registration page.

Voters with a print disability, which means any disability that interferes with the effective reading, writing, or use of printed material, that require a ballot with accessible features may apply using the online Accessible Absentee Ballot Application portal. Print disabilities include blindness, low vision, dyslexia, dysgraphia, learning disabilities, and physical disabilities that limit writing abilities.