Iowa law requires all polling places to be accessible to all voters. This includes the voting area as well as the parking areas, walkways, and building entrances.
AutoMARK Ballot Marking Device or OpenElect OVI
Each polling place has an AutoMARK or OVI ballot marking device. This device is available for voters who need assistance in marking a ballot.
To mark their ballots, voters use features on the AutoMARK or OVI such as a touch screen, an audio component, and/or a sip and puff element to select their candidates. The device will then complete the ovals on the ballot. It also lets voters review and change their vote before the ballot is marked.
The AutoMARK and OVI do not count ballots.
An instructional video for using the AutoMARK is available:
Voting with Assistance
If you need help marking your ballot, you may have someone assist you. You may choose anyone except your employer, your employer’s agent, or an officer/agent of your union. You may also ask the precinct election officials for help.
You will be asked to sign a form showing you asked for help.
If you are not physically able to sign the forms, you can use a rubber stamp or mark to sign. You may also ask for assistance or have someone sign the form on your behalf as long as it is in your presence and with your permission.
If you are unable to enter the building where the polling place is located because of a disability, you may vote curbside.
Two precinct election officials, one from each political party in partisan elections, will bring voting materials to you in your car. You can then mark your ballot in your car.
You do not need to contact anyone ahead of time to curbside vote. You may want to call your county auditor ahead of time or bring someone with you to tell the precinct officials you wish to vote in your car.