Accessible Voting

Get out the Disability Vote Week July 17 -21

Get out the Disability Vote Week was established in partnership with the Secretary of State’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) in 2016. The first Get out the Disability Vote Week was held during the last week in October to bring attention to the 2016 General Election. We received feedback from county elections offices that the week in October was too busy to fully commit to the effort and thus was changed to July 17-21 to coincide with the national effort, National Disability Voter Registration Week.

The goal of the Get out the Disability Vote week is to bring attention to accessible voting and all of the resources offered at county elections offices, encourage the disability community to participate in upcoming elections, and increase voter turnout and for voters to learn how ballots are processed.

WA Secretary of State - Get Out the Disability Vote Week PSA 
Counting your ballot
Accessible Voting for People with Disabilities

Accessibility for all

As required by the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA), Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) will be available at the Chelan County Courthouse to ensure that all voters with disabilities can vote privately and independently, if they choose. Voters who are visually impaired or have difficulty reading can listen to the entire ballot to facilitate independent voting. Other assistive devices are also available.

If you are unable to cast a ballot due to a disability, you may designate a person of your choice, or two election officers, to enter the voting booth and record the votes as you direct. A person who has a guardian may still be able to vote and should not be turned away from a voting center by an election worker. Guardianship papers indicate if an individual has the right to vote. If there is ever doubt about a person’s voting status, the person should be issued a provisional ballot to vote with.

For the August 1, 2017 Primary Special Election, the Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) will be available at the Chelan County Elections Office, Level 3, during regular business hours July 14, 2017 through July 31, 2017 and on Election Day August 1, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For a personalized Voters' Guide, login to MyVote
Accessible Voters' Guide for the August 1, 2017 Primary Special Election

AVU Resources

Dropbox locations

Wenatchee Public Library
310 Douglas St.
Wenatchee, WA 98801 
Outdoor Box: 24 Hours a day
Drive-thru Access
Next to book drop
Chelan County Courthouse
350 Orondo Ave.
Wenatchee, WA 98801 
Indoor Boxes:  Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm 
Licensing Office Level 2
or Elections Office Level 3      
Cashmere City Hall 
101 Woodring St.
Cashmere, WA 98815 
Outdoor Box: 24 Hours a day
Facing Mission Ave
Walk up
Chelan City Hall
135 E. Johnson Ave.
Chelan, WA 98816
Outdoor Box: 24 Hours a day
Drive-thru access
Entiat City Hall 
14070 Kinzel St.
Entiat, WA 98822
Outdoor Box: 24 Hours a day
Drive-thru access
Leavenworth City Hall    
700 Highway 2
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Outdoor Box: 24 Hours a day
Drive-thru access

Contact us

For information regarding assistance with voter registration, voting, replacement ballots or accessibility issues, please contact the Election Department at (509) 667-6808. 

Chelan and Douglas County Accessibility Advisory Committee
Disability Advisory Committees are made up of people with disabilities, disability community advocates, and service providers. The committees provide county elections departments with input regarding reasonable accommodations that help ensure equal access so that all registered voters can vote independently and privately (RCW 29A.04.223).

Postage Program for the Visually Impaired

USPS has a special postage program for the Visually Impaired
Anyone who cannot see or use conventionally printed materials due to a physical impairment may qualify for this free postage program.
Mailing Free Matter for Persons Who are Blind or Visually Impaired