Eligible voters with disabilities will be able to use an at-home vote-by-mail option starting with the August primary elections.
According to an Alachua County Supervisor of Elections office press release, the county will use the OmniBallot voting option where voters can mark and print their ballots from home using their personal computers.
Previously, disabled voters who could not see, hold, or mark a paper mail ballot were unable to vote by mail independently and privately.
Here are some facts about OmniBallot:
- OmniBallot is not an online voting system. OmniBallot offers a more secure and accessible method of transmitting ballots for eligible voters who cannot vote at the polls or on a conventional paper mail ballot, due to geography or disabilities.
- OmniBallot is certified in every state requiring formal state certification and meets NIST Cybersecurity Framework guidelines, which are reviewed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and over 100 cybersecurity researchers.
- OmniBallot has been reviewed and certified by the Florida Secretary of State.
The elections technology company Democracy Live—founded in 2007 and operating in 26 states—created OmniBallot. The Department of Health and Human Services and the Elections Assistance Commission awarded funding to Democracy Live to assist voters with disabilities.
To learn more about OmniBallot, watch this video.
To apply for OmniBallot, click here to download this application form and return it to the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections office by mail, fax, in person, or by scanning it as an email attachment and sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, call the elections office at 352-374-5252 or email email@example.com.