Accessible Voting

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The Napa County Election Division is committed to ensuring all voters can participate in elections, and provides various accessible programs and services to help voters cast their vote privately and independently.

If you have questions or require further assistance, please email the Election Division or call toll free (888) 494-8356 or (707) 253-4321. TTY users may call (707) 299-1475.

Accessible Voter Information Pamphlets

Napa County voters are mailed a standard 12-point font paper version of the Voter Information Pamphlet approximately one month before Election Day. In addition, the Department posts the Pamphlet online in PDF format.

For state and federal elections, voters receive two guides: the Voter Information Pamphlet, prepared by the Napa County Election Division, 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 formats, email Elections or call (707) 253-4321. Teletypewriter (TTY) users may also call (707) 299-1475.

Accessible Voting Equipment

All Vote Centers have accessible ballot-marking devices.

The ballot-marking device allows voters to navigate through their ballots using features such as:

  • Touchscreen tablet with options to change text and background colors and the text size
  • Braille-embossed handheld keypad (audio-tactile interface)
  • Headphones and audio instructions in English and Spanish

The device is compatible with a number of assistive devices. Voters may bring in their own assistive devices, including sip-and-puff systems, paddles, and head-pointers.

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.

Accessible Vote By Mail System

An accessible vote-by-mail system is a ballot delivery option that allows voters with disabilities to access their ballot using any computer with internet access. Voters may download and mark their ballot privately and independently using their own assistive technology, print their marked ballot, and mail it to the Election Division to be counted.