Accessible Voting

Location of Accessible Voting Unit

Columbia County Auditors Office
Second floor of the courthouse

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a voting center?

A voting center is centrally located in Columbia County. The voting center's purpose is to help voters with replacement ballots and provide voters with disabilities the opportunity to vote in person on an accessible voting unit. This location is open to all voters. Ballot drop boxes will also be located at the voting center for voters to securely return their ballot, without the cost of postage.

How do I vote at a voting center?

To vote at a voting center, you will begin by providing proper identification and signing the voter oath. At this point, Elections staff will credit you with voting and you will be issued a voter access number for use on the accessible voting unit. You cannot vote both your mail ballot and an electronic ballot at an accessible voting center.

What identification can be used?

Voters casting a ballot at an accessible voting center must either show a photo ID or sign a declaration. The signature on the declaration must match the signature in the voter registration record. (RCW 29A.40.160) Acceptable forms of photo identification

  • Driver licenses;
  • State identification card;
  • Student identification card;
  • Tribal identification card;
  • Employer identification card; or
  • Any form of valid photo identification with the voter's name on it.

What is an Accessible Voting Unit?

Columbia County's Accessible Voting Unit is available 18 days before Election Day during regular business hours and until 8 p.m. on Election Day. The Accessible Voting Unit features easy-to-use design and are accessible to all voters, including people with disabilities, increasing voter confidence that their vote is counted. A set of distinctly shaped control buttons and the select Wheel are easy for voters to understand and use, and never need calibration. Voters are presented with a summary of their votes before they can activate the "Cast Ballot" button, allowing for second chance vote changes as required by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002. A Verifiable Ballot Option (VBO) offers extra assurance.