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"VOTE as if your life depends on it - Because it DOES!"
Full political participation for Americans with disabilities is a top priority. AAPD works with state and national coalitions on effective, non-partisan campaigns to:
- Eliminate barriers to voting, promoting accessible voting technology and polling places;
- Educate voters about issues and candidates;
- Promote turnout of voters with disabilities across the country; and
- Protect eligible voters’ right to participate in elections.
The 2016 Presidential Election is in full swing. However, before we get to the General Election on November 8th, we must go through the Primary Election process to nominate the candidates from each political party. Voting in the Primary Election is just as important as the General Election as it is an opportunity to make your vote count. Check out the link below to see when your state is holding it's Primary Election.
Voter Registration and Information
There are numerous resources available to help you get registered to vote. See below for more information.
- Rooted In Rights - Watch a video and read through an informative page on how to register, where to learn about the candidates and issues, and how to find other resources. Check it out!
- Rock The Vote - Get registered, get informed, and get involved. Rock The Vote offers voter registration resources, election FAQs, and opportunities to help build the positical power of young people in the United States.
- #CripTheVote - View their Election 2016 Voter Guide for information on registering, learning your Primary Election date, finding your polling place, and how to overcome any accessibility challenges that arise.
- Election Assistance Commission - The national clearinghouse of information on election administration, from voting system testing and certification to data on how Americans voted in recent federal elections. Click here to learn more about voting accessibility.
- Vote411.org and the League of Women Voters - Voter registration deadlines vary by state - find out the deadline for your state to be sure you register in time!
- Election Protection - Visit www.866ourvote.org or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) if you have any issues or concerns related to Election Day.
2016 Presidential Election - The Candidates on Disability
The following is a list of sites where current Presidential candidates have expressed their stance on disability. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, AAPD does not endorse any candidates. The exclusion of any candidates below is the result of a lack of information about their disability policies. If you have more information to contribute here please email email@example.com.
Jeb Bush (Republican)
Jeb2016.com – Empowering Individuals With Disabilities
Bernie Sanders (Democrat)
Disability Community for Bernie Sanders (Facebook)
FeelTheBern.org – Bernie Sanders on People with Disabilities
- In 2000, 42% of people with disabilities voted compared to 52% of people without disabilities
- In 2012, 56.8% of people with disabilities voted compared to 62.5% of people without disabilities
- If people with disabilities voted at the same rate as people without disabilities there would be more than 3 million people with disabilities voting
- In 2008, 43 states reported that they required accessibility standards for polling places, up from 23 states in 2000. At the same time, 31 states reported that ensuring polling place accessibility was challenging.
(US Government Accountability Office, GAO-13-538SP (2013))
- 2012 voter demographic groups (number of active voters)
- White, non-Hispanic: 98 million
- Black / African American: 17.8 million
- Disability: 15.6 million
- Hispanic/Latino: 11.2 million
- Asian: 3.9 million
Voter Resource Center
Learn about primary election dates in your state, how to register, accessibility options, and more. READ MORE
Share your stories!
AAPD wants to hear your stories of disability grassroots organizing and get out the vote (GOTV) efforts. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org to help us demonstrate the power of our community!