Electors with disabilities
Help America Vote Act (HAVA)
Electors with Disabilities
Q1. I have a mental disability. Are there any restrictions on my
right to vote in Colorado?
A1. No. There are no restrictions on the right to vote
under Colorado law related to disabilities.
Q2. I use a wheelchair. In the past, I have found my polling place
to be inaccessible for me. What can I do?
A2. State and federal laws require that every polling location
be accessible. If you find that your polling location is not accessible, make
your local election official aware of the issues. You can also file a complaint
with the Colorado Secretary of State. Information about the HAVA
Complaint Process is available on the Colorado Secretary of State’s
The county clerk for the county where you are registered is required to send
you a voter information card at least 25 days before the General Election
telling you the location of your polling place. If you did not receive your
voter information card, or cannot find it, you may look up the polling place
location information online at www.GoVoteColorado.com or call
your county clerk's office. Additionally, many counties provide polling
place information on their websites.
Q3. How will I receive my
A3. All voters now
receive mail ballots. If you want to vote at the polls, you can surrender
your mail ballot and vote in-person at a voter service and polling center. To
be counted, mail ballots must be received by the county clerk's office by 7:00 PM on Election Day. If you did not mail your ballot in enough time to meet the
deadline, you must deliver it to your county clerk’s office by 7:00 PM on
Q4. I use a walker and have great difficulty walking more than 200
feet without sitting down to rest. My polling place is in a building that has
designated accessible parking and an accessible entrance. However, the actual
polling place within the building is located a significant distance from the
entrance closest to the parking lot. What can I do?
A4. You might consider informing your county clerk about
this problem. They may be able to relocate the polling location within the
building. If this isn't feasible, they may be able to place a chair or bench
along the route so that you can rest.
Q5. I have a reading disability and have trouble reading and
understanding what is printed on my ballot. I would like to be able to vote
privately and without help, just like everyone else. What are my rights?
A5. The federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and Colorado
laws require that voters with disabilities be able to cast their vote privately
and without assistance. Each county has purchased accessible voting machines to
be used in every polling place election. These new voting machines use
assistive and adaptive technology to provide the opportunity for voters with a
wide range of disabilities to vote privately and independently.
Q6. Will new voting equipment allow me to change my vote choice(s)
before I cast my vote?
A6. Yes. The federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requires
any new voting equipment to allow voters the opportunity to change their
choices privately and independently before the ballot is cast and counted.
Q7. How would recounts be conducted with the new voting machines?
A7. The recount process will depend on the specifics of the
voting machines used at the county level. The requirement will be met to verify
the result in a close race, no matter what equipment is used.
Q8. What can I do if I believe that my voting rights have been
A8. You have the option of filing an election complaint
directly with the Secretary of State’s office at 1700 Broadway Suite 200,
Denver CO 80290. If you need assistance with completing and filing your
complaint, you may contact The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and
Older People VOTE! Program. The Legal Center is authorized and funded under
HAVA and is available to assist you anytime you have questions regarding your
voting rights. They are also available on Election Day to help you if you
believe that your rights are being or have been violated. You can call their
Denver Office at 1-800-288-1376 or 303-722-3619 (TTY) or their Grand Junction
Office at 1-800-531-2105 (V/TTY). The Legal Center is prohibited from using
their HAVA funding for litigation; however, they can assist you with filing a
complaint with the Secretary of State or the US Department of Justice. The
election complaint template can be found on the Secretary of State’s website in
the Election Center under the Help America Vote Act link.