Accessible Voting Information

Vote Independently

In Kitsap County, all individuals are able to enjoy the privilege of a private vote. Accessible voting devices create a simple voting experience for people of all ages, including those with:

  • Blindness or Low Vision
  • Deafness or Hard of Hearing
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Wheelchair Users & Limited Mobility

What is an Electronic Voting Device?

An Electronic Voting Device is designed to allow all voters to vote independently.

  • This device has all ballot races and measures for each voter’s precinct.
  • Headphones are available for listening to instructions, candidate names and ballot measures. A keypad allows the voter to select and review his/her choices and to cast the ballot independently and in secret.

How do I vote on an electronic voting device?

  • You must be registered to vote in Kitsap County at least 29 days prior to the election.
  • Election workers will verify your voter registration name, current address, identification, and ask you to sign a voter log.
  • Your voter record will be checked to ensure you have not already returned your mail ballot.
  • You will be given a numeric code to access the Electronic Voting Device.

The voting device will allow you to vote your choices:

  • by turning a wheel to select your candidate choice or ballot measure response, or
  • You may wish to listen to the ballot choices through headphones and use the wheel to select the name of the candidates or measures for which you wish to vote.
  • You will be able to change your choices and review your ballot selections prior to casting the final ballot.

Can I vote my mail ballot instead of using the Electronic Voting Device?

  • Yes, the choice is yours to use your mail ballot or vote an electronic ballot.
  • A ballot box will be available for you to deposit your mail ballot at the locations, dates and time listed on the back of this pamphlet.

Is my vote safe?

  • Yes, all voting devices are tested at federal, state and county levels to ensure they accurately record and report the choices made by the voter.
  • Washington State also requires Electronic Voting Devices to produce a paper trail (similar to a paper ballot) that the voter can use to verify his or her vote.
  • This paper record is audited after the election and compared with the electronic results.
  • The Electronic Voting Device’s paper record is used for manual recounts if the contest is close.