Official Election Pamphlet --
Voter Rights / Assistance While Voting


Election Day is Tuesday, September 14, 1999

The following information explains basic voting rights and will help voters with special needs.

ASSISTANCE WHILE VOTING:
If you have difficulty voting because of a physical disability or handicap, difficulty reading or writing English, or for any other reason, you may bring someone to help you at the polls. The person you bring may go into the voting booth with you and help you vote. This person may be an election official, family member, friend, bystander, campaign worker, and anyone else who is not your employer, agent of your employer, or officer or agent of your union. This is your right under federal law.

NON-ENGLISH-SPEAKING VOTERS:
Bilingual assistance is available at many polling places throughout the state. Let the Division of Elections know ahead of time if you will need this service when you vote.

HEARING-IMPAIRED VOTERS:
The Division of Elections has a TTY telecommunications device to allow hearing-impaired voters to get general information about elections by calling (907) 465-3020.

VISUALLY-IMPAIRED VOTERS:
Magnifying ballot viewers for the visually-impaired will be available at all polling places and absentee voting sites.

Audio tape recordings of the Official Election Pamphlet are available from the Alaska State Library for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, located in Anchorage. Telephone the library at (907) 269-6575 for information.

PHYSICALLY-DISABLED VOTERS:
If you have difficulty gaining access to your polling place, please let the Division of Elections know. We are making every effort to ensure that polling places are accessible to everyone.

EMERGENCY ABSENCES:
If you are unable to vote at your polling place on Election Day and did not have time to apply for an absentee by-mail ballot, you may be able to vote by fax. The application period for voting by fax begins on August 30 and applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Alaska Time on September 13. Please see the section on absentee voting by fax for more information. That section also has information on absenting voting by mail, voting absentee in person and absentee voting through a personal representative.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SPECIAL SERVICES, PLEASE CONTACT THE REGIONAL ELECTION OFFICE IN YOUR AREA.



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