Voting Outreach Tools
Getting Out the Vote
- Issues Guide – Overview of key issues and policies that significantly impact the disability community.
- State Voting Rights Toolkit – How to protect voting access and rights in a wave of state anti-voting laws.
- National Disability Voter Registration Week Partner Toolkit – How to organize voter registration and voter education events, use social media and engage press, and engage candidates on disability issues.
- Candidate Questionnaire Template – Questions addressing topics important to the disability community.
- Candidate Forum Guide – How to host a forum (in-person or virtual) with local and state candidates.
- Election Accessibility Toolkit – Info on election accessibility for advocacy with election official & voters.
- ADA Checklist for Polling Places – 25-page checklist polling place accessibility for voters with disabilities.
- Achieving Accessibility for Election Websites and Sample Ballots: A Toolkit for Disability Advocates – Resource for advocates and election officials.
- Voters with Disabilities: Poll Worker Training – Powerpoint from Disability Rights Texas. Note that AAPD has updated guidance to encourage poll workers to respect the communication preference of the voter with a disability, which may include engaging with both a person with a disability and any assistor or interpreter they may have.
- Making Voting Accessible to Voters with Print Disabilities
- Voting Methods and Equipment By State
- Election Assistance Commission
Running for Office
- Including People with Disabilities in Your Political Campaign: A Guide for Campaign Staff – The National Council on Independent Living’s (NCIL) guide to assist political campaigns with understanding the access needs, potential barriers, and interests of the disability community.
- Elevate Campaign Training for People with Disabilities – A nonpartisan program from NCIL with webinars on topics ranging from launching your campaign, to fundraising and voter engagement strategies.
- Current Elected Officials with Disabilities – Open source list of current elected officials with disabilities.
- Resources on Running for Office – NCIL’s list of resources for individuals interested in running for office.
- Digital Accessibility in the Era of COVID-19 – Making sure your virtual activities and material is accessible.
- Staying Nonpartisan – Permissible Election Activities Checklist – A guide from Nonprofit Vote on making sure your voting advocacy and outreach is nonpartisan and does not risk your 501c3 status.
- They Work For Us: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Getting Through to your Elected Officials – an advocacy toolkit from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network available in plain text and easy read versions.
- The First Step: A Basic Guide to Civic Engagement – Disability Rights Texas produced this civic engagement guide to help citizens understand how they can get involved in their community.
- How to Set up a Meeting with Your Member of Congress – Families USA provides a step-by-step guide that outlines how to have a successful meeting with Members of Congress
Research on the Disability Vote
- Experience of Voters with Disabilities in the 2020 Elections – Rutgers University and the Election Assistance Commission
- Report Regarding the Accessibility of 2016 Election Polling Places – REV UP Voting Campaign
- Barrier to Voting for Older Americans – Senator Bob Casey and Senator Amy Klobuchar