Register to Vote!
This one stop resource from the Election Assistance Commission has all the information you need to get registered to vote. Just print out the form found on the site, fill in your information, and send it to the address provided for your state.
Voter Registration Deadlines
Do you know your state’s voter registration deadline? Not sure? Click here and find out.
First of all, polling places are required under the Americans with Disabilities Act to meet certain accessibility standards. Simply put, individuals with all disabilities have the right to access the polling place and cast their vote.
For individuals that need assistance with casting their vote, they have the right to get help from a person of their choosing to help them at the polls, including one of the election workers present there.
Many states offer absentee or mail voting options for people with disabilities that request it. Absentee voting allows an individual to mail in their vote as opposed to physically going to their polling place. Find more information about your state’s laws HERE.
Despite the protection afforded individuals with disabilities when it comes to voting, history has shown that people with disabilities still face discrimination at the polls. This may come through the form of non-ADA compliant polling places, or misinformed election workers, but is never acceptable. In the event that you face issues at any point during the registration or voting process, we recommend calling 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) The Election Protection Coalition offers excellent voter protection services and is highly knowledgeable regarding voting rights in all 50 states.
If you believe your federal voting rights were violated, the US Department of Justice Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division allows you to submit a complaint through a variety of different ways HERE.
National Voting Resources
Voting is an issue that many different groups take seriously. Below is a collection of voting resources that should answer any questions you may have about the voting process.
- Know You Right to Vote Resource Page (The Arc)
- US Election Assistance Commission
- Department of Justice and Disability Voting Rights Technical Assistance
- Checklist for polling places (ADA)
- National Disabilities Rights Network’s Voting Handbook
- Vote 411
- National Voter Registration Day
- Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) Voter Guide
- Bazelon Center Guide to Voting Rights of People with Mental Disabilities
- National Youth Leadership Network: The Power of Voting
- Nonprofit Vote: Voting with a Disability
- Research Alliance for Accessible Voting: Guidelines for Assisting Voters with Disabilities
- National Council on Disability (2013)
- Leadership Conference Voting Information
ID Action (Iowa DD Council)
Registration (South Carolina DD Council)
Ways to Vote (South Carolina DD Council)
Accessibility Issues (South Carolina DD Council)