Make a plan to vote

Making a plan to vote increases participation. Thinking ahead will help you be ready to vote and address any accessibility requirements before Election Day.    

If you have any questions about your options, contact your county elections office or your local Disability Rights office, call 1-800-OUR-VOTE, or ask someone else you trust for help.  

To fill in your plan, mark the options that apply to you. Then save or print this page so you can use it to follow your plan.

Voter registration

In most states, you must register to vote before Election Day. Some states have same day registration during early voting or on Election Day.

  • I am registered to vote.

  • My current name and address are correct on my voter registration

  • I am not registered to vote yet, but I know what steps to take to register.

  • I am not registered to vote yet, and I need help figuring out how.

  • If you are under a conservatorship, has the court made an order that you are not allowed to vote?

If you need help with any voting-related task

Is there someone who can go with you to the voting location or help you voting by mail? Do you have a backup plan?

The following people will help me:

If you plan to vote in person

When and where will you vote?

  • I plan to vote on Election Day, November 8

  • I plan to vote during Early Voting (check to be sure it is available in your state)

  • The address of the voting location I will use is:

  • The hours for the voting location are:

  • My plan for getting to the voting location is:

  • I have looked into any concerns about the physical accessibility of the voting location.

To sign the pollbook, I will need

  • Pen ball grip (to help me grip the pen)
  • Signature guide (to help me sign in the right place)

If you will use curbside voting

  • I have confirmed that it is available at my voting location.
  • I know how to call an election worker to my vehicle when I arrive

If you are planning to use the accessible voting system or ballot marking device with these features

  • Touchscreen
  • Tactile control keypad
  • Audio that reads the text on the screen and gives instructions
  • Enlarged text on the screen
  • Adjusted color contrast on the screen
  • Port for attaching a sip-and-puff or paddle switch device
  • Magnifying sheet or glass

If you plan to vote by mail

Check the options for voting by mail options in your state before making your plan.

  • I am able to mark the paper ballot that is mailed to me.
  • I have requested voting materials in an alternative format:
    ☐ Large print ☐ Audio ☐ Braille ☐ PDF
  • If one is available, I have requested an accessible vote-by-mail ballot

How will you sign the form on the ballot return envelope?

  • I am able to sign my name, and my signature will match what the county elections office has on file for me.
  • I cannot sign my name, so I will use a mark, such as an X, instead of my name, and I will have someone sign the envelope as a witness.
  • I will use a signature stamp that I have registered in advance.

If you are using an accessible vote-by-mail option:

  • I am able to read and handle the paper ballot after I print it.
  • I have practiced using using a demonstration website.
  • I have a computer or smartphone to mark my ballot.
  • I have a printer connected to the computer or smartphone to print my ballot.
  • My state allows electronic return, so I don't need a printer.

Where will you return your ballot? Check the options and deadlines in your state to be sure your ballot is returned in time to be counted.

  • I will return my ballot by mail. My ballot must be:
    ☐ Postmarked by Election Day ☐ Received by Election Day
    ☐ Other ______________

  • I will drop my ballot off at:
    ☐ The elections office
    ☐ A drop box or other voting location (If available)
    The address is: _________________________
    The deadline is: _________________________

This voting planner is adapted from a checklist created by Disability Rights California.

To learn about your voting options, select your state page on this site. As always, If you have any questions, contact your county elections office, your local disability rights office, or the election protection hotline.