Voters with Special Needs
Accessible Polling Places & Voter Aids
Every effort is made to make all Polling Places accessible. Please contact the Albany County Clerk - Elections Office to request information regarding the accessible route for your Polling Place.
Additionally, all Polling Places are equipped with Voter Assistance Kits that include bubble/write-in guides, magnifying sheets, privacy sleeves, and clipboards. If you need voting assistance once you arrive at your Poll, two Election Judges of different party affiliation will happily help you.
Accessible Voting Machines
Each Polling place is equipped with an ES&S ExpressVote ballot marker. The ExpressVote uses a touch screen to help voters mark their selections on the ballot. Voters with vision impairments may enlarge the screen view or listen to the ballot through headphones.
When finished, a voter may review his or her selections prior to printing their selections on their ballot card. Once printed, the voter removes the ballot from the ExpressVote into the DS200 Ballot Counter. Election Judges are trained on the ExpressVote and are available to help any voter. To maintain voter privacy, secrecy sleeves are available
To afford voters who have difficulty accessing their Polling Place every opportunity to vote in a private and independent fashion, curbside voting is available. Two Election Judges of different party affiliation will assist you in signing in to your Polling Place, deliver your ballot, a clipboard, secrecy sleeve and any other voting aids available and requested, and feed your ballot into the DS200 Ballot Counter.
To arrange for this service, please contact the Albany County Clerk - Elections Office or alert the Election Judges at your poll when you arrive.
Absentee Ballots & Voting at the Courthouse
You may also cast your ballot at the Election Building located on the east side of the courthouse up to 28 days before each election, but not on Election Day.