It is your right to vote privately and independently. Please call the Laclede County Clerk’s office at 417-532-5471 with questions about accessible voting in Laclede County, Missouri.
Voting absentee by mail
Voting absentee by mail gives all registered voters in Laclede County the opportunity to vote without having to travel to a voting location.
Learn more about the voting absentee by mail process in Laclede County, Missouri.
Accessible voting locations
Voting locations must be made accessible for all people, regardless of ability. Under Missouri and Federal law, all voters must be given the same opportunity for access and participation in the voting process.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with disabilities from receiving unequal treatment within state and local government services, programs, and activities. (ADA, Title II) This law protects your right to vote by making sure that voters with disabilities have access to:
- Accessible parking
- An accessible route to the entrance
- An accessible entrance
- An accessible route to the voting area
- Voting procedures
- Voting machines
The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) protects the right of people with disabilities to vote by making sure that:
- Voting locations are easy to get to and to use.
- People who are blind or have problems seeing get the help they need.
- Voting is private and personal.
- Each polling location has an accessible voting machine.
Accessible voting machines
Every voting location is required to have a voting machine that is ADA-compliant. These machines include features like audio ballots, large print/zoom features, and height and tilt adjustments on the screens. Please let the election workers know if you have questions or need assistance with the voting machine.
Any Laclede County voter can use the assistive voting device in your polling place, the AutoMARK. The AutoMARK is a device designed for use by people who are unable to personally mark a paper ballot due to physical impairments or language barriers.
To get started with the AutoMARK voting device:
- Insert your ballot into the ballot slot on the front of the machine.
- The machine will pull it forward once it is inserted far enough. This is also where your ballot will be returned.
- To have your ballot read aloud headphones can be plugged into the front of the device to hear the ballot.
- Accessible devices such as two-switch paddles and sip and puff tubes can also be plugged in to the front of the device.
To mark your ballot using the AutoMARK voting device:
- Once the ballot has been inserted, the machine will allow you to mark your ballot using the touch screen.
- If you are using headphones, the ballot will be read to you along with instructions on how to select your vote choice.
- The keypad has different shaped buttons. It can be also be used to adjust volume, tempo of the spoken word, to repeat questions and to mark your vote choices.
Once you have marked your ballot using the AutoMARK voting device, it will return your completed ballot to you so you can insert it in the tabulating machine.
Casting your ballot
Instructions for marking and casting your ballot are posted in each voting location. If you have any questions about how to mark or cast your ballot, or if you have incorrectly marked a ballot, contact an election official for instructions.
Assistance at the voting location
If you need assistance, you may bring someone with you to help you vote, or you may ask for assistance from the election officials. You may ask anyone to help you vote, except for the following people:
- Your employer
- An agent of your employer
- An agent of your union
You may also get help in marking your ballot from trained election officials. Whomever helps you vote cannot tell you how to mark your ballot or provide information to others about how you voted.
Signing election documents
If you are unable to sign your own name and have no other legal mark, make an “X,” if possible, on the signature line.
If you are unable to make an “X,” you must indicate in some manner to the person assisting you that you want to sign your name. The person helping you must sign the election form and attest that you indicated that you want to sign the election form.
At any voting location that is exempt from the accessibility requirements or if you are unable to enter the voting place, you may vote curbside. Trained election officials will bring a ballot to you. You may sit in your car and vote, or you may vote at the door of the building.
Laclede County Notice of Accessibility
Further Notice is given that, where a regular polling place has limited accessibility, a disabled or elderly voter may be provided an alternate means of casting his or her ballot. Such means may include:
- Reassignment to an accessible polling place
- Curbside voting
- Assisted voting
- Voting absentee by mail
A voter may apply for an absentee ballot in person or by mail, or may have a relative or guardian apply in person on his or her behalf. If a voter is permanently disabled, he or she may have the notary requirement for the absentee balloting waived by filing a physician’s statement concerning the disability. In addition, voters requiring assistance my be assisted by a person of the voter’s choice.
For more information on registration and voting in Laclede County, Missouri, persons may contact the Laclede County Clerk’s office by telephone at 417-532-5471 or by mail at:
Laclede County Government Center
200 N. Adams Ave
Lebanon, MO 65536
The Missouri Secretary of State’s Office provides a toll free number for persons with hearing impairments who have access to a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD). TDD users may call 1-800-669-8683 to obtain information on polling places, absentee balloting, voter registration, and other election related services available in their local jurisdictions and from the State of Missouri.