Some voters require assistance in voting by mail-in absentee ballot because they are elderly, limited in their mobility, or have a disability. The first preference, according to the law, is for the voter to receive assistance from a near relative or guardian. But some voters, such as those who live in facilities (such as a nursing home), may not have a near relative or guardian available to provide that assistance. Employees of hospitals, clinics, nursing homes or rest homes are prohibited from providing assistance with absentee voting. So, voters who live in facilities may face challenges in casting a mail-in absentee ballot.
But here’s the good news: In every county, an impartial team called a “Multipartisan Assistance Team” (MAT) is available to visit facilities in order to provide assistance with mail-in absentee voting. The MAT is comprised of, at minimum, persons whose voter registration are affiliated with two different political parties (or of persons unanimously appointed by the bipartisan County Board of Elections).
More information about the MAT program can be found on the Multipartisan Assistance Team page. To be considered as a Team Member for a MAT, please contact your local County Board of Elections office.