Curbside early voting available to seniors, disabled

Sarah Marie Ransom. (Photo by Montana Brazil)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Sarah Marie Ransom, 69, of Lacy Lakeview, voted early Monday.

Her goal was to bet the rush and long lines thinking most people would be at work.

"I rode around and around so evidently not everybody is at work. All of us seniors were out and I had to ride around and around and around to finally get a park.

Although she’s recovering from back surgery, she walked from her parking space to the McLennan County Elections office on Washington Avenue to cast her ballot.

"And I was quite some tired once I got up there this old body isn't what it used to be."
But there may have been an easier way to vote.

Curbside voting is available for those 65 and older as well as those with mobility issues.

In McLennan County that simply requires sending send someone into the polling location to get an election volunteer to bring out a voting machine or ballot to the car.

In other places, a volunteer is stationed outside the building to watch for those who need help.

Elections officials said it’s completely private.

"When you cast ballot on this equipment, you'll see the flag flying. So once you give that machine back to the election worker there won't be anything they can see," said Kathy Van Wolfe, the elections administrator for McLennan County.

The poll worker will still verify the voter's identity using any of the accepted forms such as a driver’s license or photo ID.

According to Pew Research Center, more than 35 million individuals with disabilities are eligible to vote across the country, but in past years they've been met with problems at the polls.

According to a 2017 study by the Government Accountability Office, nearly two-thirds of a sample of polling places inspected on Election Day the year before had at least one impediment to people with disabilities, such as a lack of accessible voting machines, nonworking headphones or booths that aren’t wheelchair accessible.

According to VoteTexas.gov on "September 1, 1999, Texas became the first state to require that all new voting systems be accessible to voters with disabilities and provide a practical and effective means for voters with disabilities to cast a secret ballot."

For any poll violation, you can report it to your local elections coordinator or the Texas Secretary of State's Office.