Since taking office in 2018 Clerk Aaron Ammons has been committed to improving the accessibility of elections in Champaign County. Voters of all abilities should have the choice to vote independently and in private. On this webpage you will find information about all of the accessibility options offered by the Clerk's Office for voting in Champaign County.
The Clerk's Office is always trying to improve accessibility so please consider completing our short survey after you have voted. Your feedback helps us make improvements for all voters in Champaign County.
- Vote By Mail As An Accessible Option
The Clerk's Office is currently investigating ways to make vote by mail more accessible to those with vision or motor disabilities and plans to offer a revised system for requesting and completing a ballot for the 2022 elections.
The ExpressVote is a highly adaptive machine that uses touch-screen technology to produce a paper ballot for voters. ExpressVote is used to assist voters in filling out their paper ballots. Once the paper ballot is completed to the voter's satisfaction, it will be inserted into a tabulator, just as any other paper ballot would. At least one ExpressVote machine will be available at all polling places in future elections to assist voters with disabilities in Champaign County.
The ExpressVote also has:
- A moveable button pad with Braille
- Audio assistance technology that will read the ballot to the voter
- And a sip and puff control function
If you are vision impaired and would like to use the ExpressVote, at the voting location at Brookens a reader pen will be available for anyone who wants to verify the content of their printed ExpressVote ballot before casting it. Simply ask an election judge when are done voting to use it.
- Accessible Polling Places
The Clerk's Office is reliant on other organizations and government entities to house our in-person voting locations and therefore we cannot always ensure they are completely ADA compliant. We do have them professionally evaluated on a regular basis and below you can find information on our more compliant and accessible early voting locations. These locations are also open for voting on Election Day. For the complete early voting schedule, please click here.
Location Address Compliance Level Notes Brookens Administrative Center 1776 E Washington St, Urbana, 61802 Compliant This location will have a lower ballot box so voters using wheelchairs can cast their ballot themselves. It also has a reader pen available for low or no vision voters. Ayers-Broadlands Fire Department 104 W State St, Broadlands, 61816 Compliant Carpenters Local 243 402 S Duncan Rd, Champaign, 61821 Compliant Champaign Public Library 200 W Green St, Champaign 61820 Compliant Champaign-Ford Regional Office of Education 3358 Big Pine Trail, Champaign, 61822 Mostly Compliant Accessible parking will be designated on the side of the building and a call button will be available to provide assistance entering the location if needed. Church of the Living God 312 E Bradley Ave, Champaign, 61821 Compliant Crystal Lake Boathouse 206 W Park St, Urbana, 61801 Mostly Compliant Parking lot has a slant and door has a 90 degree opening. Douglas Center Annex 804 N 5th St, Champaign, 61820 Compliant Gathering Place 220 S Marshall, Rantoul 61866 Compliant Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 2101 S Prospect, Champaign, 61820 Mostly Compliant Clerk's Office will add a temporary rubber map at entry way to address gap. Door is heavy, Clerk's Office will add exterior door call device. EH Mellon Admin Center 703 S New St, Champaign, 61820 Compliant Holy Cross Parish Center 405 W Clark St, Champaign 61820 Compliant Illini Union 1401 W Green St, Urbana 61801 Compliant Look for signage to direct you to the voting room. Use the far left doors of the entrance in the circle drive. Those doors are automatic. Ivesdale Fire Department 406 Third Street, Ivesdale, 61851 Mostly Compliant Lake of the Woods Pavilion 1702 E Prairie View Rd, Mahomet, 61853 Mostly Compliant Parking Lot is not marked properly Leonhard Recreation Center 2307 Sangamon Dr, Champaign 61821 Compliant *NOT AVAILABLE FOR JUNE ELECTION* Meadowbrook Community Church 1902 S Duncan Rd, Champaign 61822 Compliant Mt Calvary Missionary Baptist Church 1601 W Bloomington Rd, Champaign 61821 Mostly Compliant Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church 808 E Bradley Ave, Champaign, 61820 Mostly Compliant Parkland College, Student Union 2400 W Bradley Ave, Champaign, 61821 Compliant Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 149 1005 N Dunlap Ave, Savoy, 61874 Mostly Compliant Rantoul Youth Center 1306 Country Club Ln, Rantoul 61866 Mostly Compliant River Valley Church of Christ 17 Owlcreek Lane, Fisher 61843 Mostly Compliant Savoy Recreation Center 402 Graham, Savoy 61874 Mostly Compliant Door is heavy, Clerk's Office will add exterior door call device. St. Matthew Lutheran Church 2200 Philo Rd, Urbana 61802 Compliant Tolono Public Library 111 E Main St, Tolono 61880 Compliant Windsor Road Christian Church 2501 Windsor Rd, Champaign 61822 Mostly Compliant
- Adaptive Devices Available At Polling Places
In addition to the ExpressVote we also have these adaptive devices:
- A page size magnification sheet
- A handheld magnification
- A pen with a larger grip circumference
- A signature guide
The option still exists for a voter to have two election judges, one from each political party, read the ballot out loud and complete it for the voter. Just ask when you check in to vote.
- Curbside Voting
Curbside voting is an option available on Election Day to voters who cannot physically enter an ADA accessible polling location. Documentation from a doctor is required to qualify for curbside voting. For more information contact the Elections Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217/384-3724.