Help Voters in Residential Facilities
Some voters require assistance when voting their mail-in absentee ballot because they are unable to either find witnesses, vote their ballot, or mail in their ballot under their own power. 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 by law from providing assistance with absentee voting. Such voters 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, two voters who are affiliated with 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 Voting Accessibility page. To be considered as a Team Member for a MAT, please contact your local County Board of Elections office.