November 3, 2022 By CDHD Voter accessibility in Idaho Midterm elections are set for November 8, 2022. Covering everything from know before you go, to accessibility at the polls, here’s our guide to voter accessibility in Idaho. Before you go to the polls You can cast your ballot in Idaho if you are a: US citizen over the age of 18 living in Idaho in the county you currently reside for at least 30 days prior to the election. Before you head to the polls, you must be registered to vote. If you’re already registered, all you need is your photo ID to vote in-person on election day. If you’re not registered to vote, don’t worry. You can register online, by mail or in person. In fact, Idaho is one of the few states that allows same day registration at the polls. You just need to show proof of residency to complete your registration application at the poll. For more information on ID requirements and voter registration, visit VoteIdaho.gov. Where to vote Voting is done at designated polling locations in your voting precinct. You can find out which precinct you’re in and where your polling location is by calling your county clerk. Alternatively, use your street address to search for your polling location online. Note that Idaho does offer early in-person voting and absentee ballots. However, there are deadlines for these services. View the Idaho Secretary of State’s election calendar for key election dates and deadlines. Accessibility at the polls Polling locations are required to be accessible for all voters. That includes inside and outside all polling locations. Outside accommodations required include: clearly marked accessible parking spaces relatively level and clear paths from parking to the location entrance an accessible entrance with suitable clear space and door handles. Inside accommodations include: clear paths of travel that are at least 36 inches wide appropriately hung signage clearly marked obstacles that may be hanging from the ceiling or protruding from the walls a working elevator if voting stations are not located on the first floor. Polling locations are also required to set up an ADA accessible voting machine. Like all other voting stations, it must ensure voter privacy. Voting accommodations When it comes to casting your ballot, there are accommodations in place to ensure you’re able to cast your ballot with confidence. This includes: Assistance terminals are available for those who have difficulty seeing or reading their ballot. You may bring any person you choose to help you vote. You may also ask a poll worker for assistance if needed. Curbside assistance or home voting may be available – speak to your county clerk in advance for more information. Election officials are required to provide effective communication to all voters. This includes providing auxiliary aids or services where needed. This can include a qualified reader, large print or Braille, audio recordings or sign language interpreters. To request effective communication aids or services, contact your county clerk ahead of the election and discuss the options available to you. For more information, review DAC NW’s Voting in Idaho information. Resources If you need more information about voter accessibility in Idaho, or you have questions about voting. The following resources are available: DisAbility Rights Idaho: accessibility information and assistance with registering to vote and voting VoteIdaho.org: general Idaho voter information, including accessibility information Idaho State Independent Living Council: accessible voting information Americans with Disabilities Act: laws and requirements that protect voters with disabilities.