Yesterday, in What To Watch Out For at the Polls, I told you that you do have the right to seek voter assistance at the polling place. Since that time, the Northampton County Elections Office has sent me additional information to make it a little more clear.
A voter may request assistance if unable to see or mark the ballot or operate the voting machine or enter the voting machine booth without assistance. He or she will fill out a Declaration, and may select the person of his or her choice to help. The Judge of Elections, the person's employer and any union rep, however, is disqualified.
When assistance is provided, the Judge of Elections, on a Record of Assisted Voters, must (1) identify the voter; (2) state the reason for assistance; and (3) identify the person providing that assistance. This Record will be returned to the Elections Office.