Empowering Blind Voters During Pandemic
The Sight Center Steps Forward to Support and Transport for 2020 Elections
The new voting options resulting from the coronavirus have introduced additional complexity for voters who are blind or visually impaired. With election day quickly approaching, The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio is offering its services to area sight-impaired voters who are having difficulty navigating the new options or securing transportation to polling sites.
The Tuesday and Thursday prior to Election Day (October 27 & 29), staff and volunteers from The Sight Center will be available to assist with ballot completion and transportation to early voting sites for clients and others who live with permanent vision loss. Interested voters should contact The Sight Center in advance to request assistance as staff and volunteers are limited.
According to The Sight Center’s Executive Director Stacey Butts, the organization is responding to recent calls from clients who are more committed than ever to have their voice represented. “Our mission calls us to empower independence for people who are blind or visually impaired” said Ms. Butts, adding “This is just another way we’re doing that during this unusual year.”
Voters utilizing the service are required to abide by The Sight Center’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, which include appropriate face coverings, temperature checks, health screening questionnaires, hand sanitizing and appropriate social distancing.
- Tuesday, October 27
- Thursday, October 29
To request voter assistance, contact The Sight Center at 419-720-3937 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Sight Center
Motivated by a mission to empower independence and enrich the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired, The Sight Center offers a unique blend of programs and services that can help people of all ages work, learn, play and live independently with permanent vision loss. With certified and credentialed staff, national accreditation, and nearly a century of blindness and low vision expertise, The Sight Center continues to change lives every day. For more information visit www.sightcentertoledo.org or call (419) 720-3937.