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Voters with Disabilities Vote by Absentee Ballot
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Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland announces that the courtesy of curbside voting for physically handicapped voters is no longer permitted.
 
Curbside Voting was a courtesy the Supervisor of Elections staff would provide to voters who were unable to come into a precinct because of physical limitations. To assist these voters on Election Day, two precinct poll workers of different political parties would carry a ballot out of the precinct to the voter. Once the voter had marked his or her ballot both precinct poll workers would cast the ballot through the Optical Scanner like all other voters.
 
Division of Elections states Florida Statute 104.20, which prohibits a voter from removing a ballot from the polling place. The Division commented: "Removing the ballot or election equipment from the polling room to accommodate the handicapped or disabled is without statutory authority". All Duval County's 256 precincts are accessible to the elderly and physically handicapped which is mandated by Florida's Election Law 101.715; therefore all voters have access to the polling place location.
 
Supervisor Holland encourages voters affected by this decision from the Division of Elections to considered also voting by mail. "The convenience of an absentee ballot allows voters to cast their vote and return it by mail or in person to the Supervisor of Elections Office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day".
 
For additional information or to request an absentee ballot, please call Duval County Supervisor of Elections office at (904) 630-1414 or visit our website: www.duvalelections.com

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