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148 West River Street
Providence, RI 02904-2615
Phone: (401) 222-2340
Fax: (401) 222-1444
TTY: 711

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Guidelines for Braille and Tactile Ballots

These guidelines are also available in Braille, audiocassette and large print upon request.

In order to apply for a Braille or Tactile mail ballot, the individual must be a registered voter. The application must be filed with the voter’s local board of canvassers at least 45 days before the date of the election for which the voter is requesting a ballot. The request will be valid for all elections held during the calendar year in which the request was received and in which the voter is eligible to participate.

Apply using our form or apply in writing without using the form as long as the request includes the following information:

  • Name and registered address of voter
  • Daytime phone number
  • Whether this request is for the entire calendar year or just for the next election
  • The voter's party affiliation if the request is also for a primary
  • The type of special ballot format desired: Braille Grade I, Braille Grade II or Tactile
  • The voter's signature

Voting by Braille Ballot

The voter will receive the mail ballot packet through the mail. The packet will contain the Braille ballot, a marking pen, a voter oath envelope and a return mailing envelope. The voter will mark the ballot. When finished voting, the voter will place the voted ballot in the oath envelope.

The voter will then read the oath on the envelope, sign as indicated and seal the oath envelope by removing the strip of paper on the flap and closing the flap against the envelope.

The voter will place the signed oath envelope in the return envelope. The voter will seal the return envelope by removing the strip of paper on the flap and closing the flap against the envelope. The envelope is pre-addressed to the state Board of Elections and is postage paid.

All mail ballots are counted at the state Board of Elections under the guidance of the state election officials. During the certification process, the voter's oath envelope will be separated from the ballot and the voter's identity will not be attached to the ballot in any fashion after the envelope is opened.

Voting by Tactile Ballot

The voter will receive mail ballot packet through the mail. This envelope will contain the actual ballot that will be enclosed in a cover with tactile markings on it, an audiocassette, a marking pen, an oath envelope and a return envelope.
The voter will mark the ballot.

When finished voting, the voter will place the voted ballot in the oath envelope. The voter will then sign the oath envelope as indicated and seal the oath envelope by removing the strip of paper on the flap and closing the flap against the envelope.

The voter will place the signed oath envelope in the return envelope. The voter will place the audiocassette in the padded envelope in which it came and place it in the return envelope. Voter will seal the return envelope by removing the strip of paper on the flap and closing the flap against the envelope. This envelope is pre-addressed to the state Board of Elections and is postage paid.

All mail ballots are counted at the state Board of Elections under the guidance of the state election officials. During the certification process, the voter’s oath envelope will be separated from the ballot and the voter’s identity will not be attached to the ballot in any fashion after the envelope is opened.