Accessible Voting Center open in Renton
October 21, 2012 · 11:12 AM
A new, expanded accessible voting center (AVC) opens in Renton today to help ensure that voters with disabilities are able to cast a private and independent ballot. The AVC is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays until the election on Nov. 6.
The expanded AVC is part of a new Elections Service Center (ESC) at Elections’ headquarters, opened in a recently renovated space. The ESC also features a counter for voter registration. The county expanded its services in anticipation of high volumes this presidential election.
Voting by mail is the easiest and most accessible choice for many people. However, some voters have difficulty filling out mail ballots. Accessible voting centers provide voters the opportunity to vote privately and independently using touchscreen accessible voting units (AVUs). Accessible voting units offer lap paddles, audio voting, large and high-contrast text options and more.
Accessible voting units are easy to use, and Elections staff is available to help voters.
Voters casting a ballot at an accessible voting center must either show a photo ID or sign a declaration. The signature on the declaration must match the signature in the voter registration record.
In-person registration deadline Oct. 29
King County residents not currently registered to vote in Washington can register in person at the King County Elections office or the Voter Registration Annex through 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29.
For more information, visit the Elections website, or call 206-296-VOTE (8683).
Other AVC locations open Nov. 2
Other AVC locations will open Friday, Nov. 2. Since high turnout is expected due to the presidential election, Elections will augment regular AVCs with two temporary centers at North Seattle Community College and Green River Community College in Auburn. Voters also can return ballots without postage to any AVC. Check the web site for AVC operating hours.