Who Are We?
One Vote is a collaborative project of…
NACDD: National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities – The national voice of the 56 State and Territorial Councils on Developmental Disabilities, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund.
DREDF: A leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents with children with disabilities.
AAPD: The American Association of People with Disabilities – One of the nation’s largest disability rights organizations.
RespectAbility: An organization founded to correct and prevent the current disparity of justice for people with disabilities.
NDRN: The National Disability Rights Network – Which works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by guarding against abuse; advocating for basic rights; and ensuring accountability in health care, education, employment, housing, transportation, and within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
Federal legislation has taken great strides in ensuring people with disabilities equal access to vote. However, serious barriers to voting are still widespread for people with disabilities – from voter registration to poll accessibility. There are 57 million Americans with disabilities who represent almost 20% of the United States. Many of them are still deprived of their right to vote.
To enhance the voting bloc, assure that people with disabilities are included in the US democratic ideal and protect the fundamental value of “One person, one vote.”
One Vote was created to encourage, facilitate, and empower people with disabilities and those who support them, to vote. One Vote seeks to improve the voting representation of people with disabilities by encouraging voter registration and providing election-related information about voting opportunities and resources on polling place accessibility. One Vote also seeks to provide information and education, so that more people with disabilities are encouraged to run for public office.
One Vote believes that every American has the right to elect public officials to represent them. One Vote strives to make sure that every person with disabilities are fully represented through the electoral process. Further, One Vote encourages people with disabilities to consider running for public office. Regardless of one’s party affiliation or beliefs, every person with a disability eligible to vote should have ONE VOTE.