Voters with Disabilities
Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail (RAVBM)
Lake County uses Democracy Live to provide a Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail (RAVBM) system to deliver ballots to ALL voters.
This system allows voters to download their ballot and mark it at home. It is a system that allows a voter to vote privately and independently and if necessary, provides functionality that works with a voter’s own document reader software to assist in marking the ballot.
Voters can access and mark a ballot in a screen-readable format from any computer with Internet access. Marked ballots must be printed and returned to Lake County Registrar of Voters office by mail or in person. To ensure the privacy of the voters’ selections, the accessible Vote by Mail system does not store or transmit the voters’ selections over the Internet. Upon receiving the website link voters can access the service anytime, day or night during an election period.
To request a Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail Ballot, call our office at 707-263-2372 or toll free at 888-235-6730.
For state and federal elections, voters receive two guides: the Voter Information Pamphlet, prepared by the Lake County Registrar of Voters office, and the California Voter Information Guide, prepared by the Secretary of State. The California Voter Information Guide contains information about state and federal offices and state ballot measures. Additionally, the Secretary of State provides the information on the state measures in American Sign Language. A large-print booklet and an audio cassette version of the California Voter Information Guide is available in our office. To request one of these format email us at [email protected] or call 707-263-2372 (toll free 888-235-673).
Information on Polling Place Accessibility. Each Polling Place is surveyed to determine accessibility. Whether or not your Polling Place is accessible is indicated in the upper right hand corner of the address label on your Sample Ballot and Voter Information guide by either the word "YES" or the word "NO". If your Polling Place is not accessible, you may contact the Registrar of Voters office for information regarding your Polling Place's accessibility disqualification, or you may choose to take advantage of either curbside voting or vote by mail voting.
At least one accessible voting booth is available at each Polling Place. This booth may be used by voters using wheelchairs, or any voter who has difficulty standing to mark his or her ballot may vote at this booth by pulling a chair up to the booth.
All Polling Places have an accessible ballot-marking device. Voters using the ballot-marking device have the option to view or hear a summary of their choices and change any selections before printing their ballots. The ballot-marking device only marks a ballot; it does not count votes. The device generates and prints a paper ballot with the voter’s selections. The ballot is then scanned through the Ballot-Scanning Machine at the Election Division for tabulation.
For any voter that cannot physically access a Polling Place, there is the option to vote “curbside”. You can either call the Registrar of Voters office or have a passenger or friend enter the Polling Place and give your information to a trained election official to bring your ballot to you. You may sit in a car and vote, or vote at the door of the building. To schedule curbside voting call 707-263-2372 or email [email protected].
OtherAssistance marking your Official Ballot. You may have up to two people of your choice assist you; however, you may not be assisted by your employer, union representative nor an agent of your employer or union representative.
Disability Rights California Voting Publications
California Secretary of State: Publications and Resources
U.S. Department of Justice: Disability Rights