June 1, 2016

Disability Rights California (DRC) will operate a toll-free hotline on Primary Election Day, June 7, for voters with disabilities.

The service is designed to help those who have difficulty accessing polling places, casting ballots or simply have questions about voting. The toll-free number for voice calls is 888-569-7955. The statewide number for video calls is 800-719-5798.

About 5.9 million eligible voters in California have one or more disabilities. Their right to vote privately and independently is guaranteed by the Help America Vote Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and state and federal constitutions. “DRC wants to ensure this important voting block has full access on Election Day,” said DRC attorney Fred Nisen.

The hotline will be open between 7 am and 8 pm on Election Day, the same hours the polls are open. Individuals who speak languages other than English should state their language, and an interpreter will be connected to the call. Callers using the California Relay Service, including Speech-to-Speech, can dial 711.

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Organizations mentioned/involved: Disability Rights California (DRC)
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