A Brief History of #Voting Rights for People with Disabilities
Like other citizens, people with disabilities have the right to vote. The idea that an observer at the polls can determine that a voter with disabilities lacks the capacity to vote based on the voter’s appearance or some superficial interaction with the voter is based on outmoded stereotypes and prejudices concerning disability. Today, federal statutes protect the right of people with disabilities to vote by prohibiting discrimination and creating legal requirements for polling places to remove other obstacles to voting.
National Voter Registration Day
National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. First observed in 2012, it has quickly gained momentum ever since. Nearly 3 million voters have registered to vote on the holiday to date.
Nonprofit VOTE (National Organizations & State by State)
Nonprofit VOTE partners with America’s nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote. We are the largest source of nonpartisan resources to help nonprofits integrate voter engagement into their ongoing activities and services.
Ohio VOTES is COHHIO’s year-round, statewide, nonpartisan initiative to build civic engagement in Ohio’s low-income communities. Ohio VOTES works with housing providers, health centers, community centers, food pantries, homeless programs, and other nonprofits to help the people they serve exercise their right to vote and stay engaged in the civic debate.
One Vote Now
One Vote Now.org is here to help make sure you can exercise your right to vote because nothing should block your ability to participate in our democracy. Elections should be equally accessible for all Americans—including the disability community. Elections are more fair when they represent all of us.
People with Disabilities and Voting
What if you wanted to vote but the polling place was locked? For many of the 33.7 million Americans with disabilities of #voting age, this situation is all too real. Not because polling officials are deliberately blocking disabled people from entering, but because so many polling places are inaccessible. In fact, the Federal Election Commission reports that, in violation of state and federal laws, more than 20,000 polling places across the nation are inaccessible, depriving people with disabilities of their fundamental right to vote.
Voters with Disabilities
Promoting Access to the Ballot, Voters with Disabilities, and more.