Voter Resource Center
The list below is a resource to help you register to vote, learn about the issues, and organize the disability vote. The REV UP Campaign aims to increase the political power of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!
REV UP Campaign Resources
- Issues Guide
The Issues Guide provides a comprehensive, yet concise overview of the issues, legislation, and regulations that have a significant impact on the disability community. It is meant to serve as a tool for voters, advocates, candidates, and the media to be better informed on the issues that matter to people with disabilities.
- State Voting Rights Toolkit – This toolkit provides background information on the state bills in 2021 that will impact the right to vote and links to resources and tools that you can use to organize your community and fight back against discriminatory bills attacking the right to vote, and protect access to the ballot.
- Every Vote Counts Toolkit – Use this resource to learn about why votes may take longer to count in 2020 and find social media messaging to emphasize that every vote counts.
- National Disability Voter Registration Week Toolkit
The NDVRW Toolkit includes: a guide on how to organize voter registration events, ideas on other ways to participate in NDVRW, sample social media posts and graphics, and other resources. If you are planning voter registration events or other activities, please keep the REV UP Campaign updated on your efforts. While NDVRW 2020 has already passed (July 13-17, 2020), this Toolkit includes useful resources for holding voter registration events. Starting in 2021, National Disability Voter Registration Week will take place in the third week of September.
- Candidate Questionnaire Template
This Candidate Questionnaire Template includes a variety of questions addressing topics that are important to the disability community. If you issue a candidate questionnaire for a state or local race, please keep the REV UP Campaign updated on your efforts.
- Candidate Forum Guide
This Candidate Forum Guide links to existing candidate forum guides, highlights considerations specific to forums organized by the disability community, and outlines how to engage with other candidate forums. If you organize a candidate forum for a state or local race, please keep the REV UP Campaign updated on your efforts.
- Election Accessibility Toolkit
This Election Accessibility Toolkit is a tool to assist disability advocacy organizations and individual advocates when working with voters and election officials. It also includes information on troubleshooting problems encountered on Election Day, reporting barriers, and additional resources.
- Report Regarding the Accessibility of 2016 Election Polling Places (PDF | Word)
This white paper on the accessibility of 2016 election polling places includes analyses which show that people with disabilities face particular challenges in voting and voter registration. These challenges explain in large part the gap between voting by people with and without disabilities. The paper concludes with recommendations to the Federal Government and to States to improve accessibility in subsequent elections.
- All 2018 REV UP Campaign Resources
Use this form to access all of the 2018 REV UP Campaign Resources.
As a voter with a disability, you have the right to:
- Vote privately and independently
- Have an accessible polling place with voting machines for voters with disabilities
- Wheelchair-accessible voting booths
- Entrances and doorways that are at least 32 inches wide
- Handrails on all stairs
- Voting equipment that is accessible to voters who are blind or who have low vision
- Bring your service animal with you into your polling place
- Seek assistance from workers at the polling place who have been trained to use the accessible voting machine
- Bring someone to help you vote (including a friend, family member, caregiver, assisted living provider, or almost anyone else, but not your employer or union representative).
Resources and tools for voter registration.
- Voter Registration Deadlines – USA.gov offers a table detailing the voter registration deadlines in each state.
- 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 political power of young people in the United States.
- Long Distance Voter – Website where you can request an absentee ballot as well as view the deadline to register in each state.
- TurboVote – An application that makes voting easy. Sign up to keep track of your elections, local and national. You can also get registered, update your voter registration, or request an absentee ballot.
- Verify your Registration Status – Not sure if you’ve registered to vote? HeadCount offers an online tool to check your voter registration status and find your polling place.
Resources and tools for voter education.
- 10 Tips for Voters with Disabilities – The US Election Assistance Commission created this tip sheet to help voters with disabilities vote privately and independently.
- Election Laws – Electionary provides an online guide to state election laws in the US.
- SignVote – SignVote is a Deaf and Hard of Hearing community-based Voter GOTV mobilization effort.
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!
- #CripTheVote – Find blogs on Voting, Disabled Youth, & #CripTheVote and Disability Advocacy and Twitter: Why Use it?. You can also join the conversation online with #CripTheVote.
- One Vote Now – Partner project of NACDD and DREDF to enhance the voting bloc of people with disabilities. Visit their site for information on voting, registration, and polling place accessibility.
- Barrier to Voting for Older Americans – Senators Bob Casey and Amy Klobuchar released a report on Barriers to Voting for Older Americans: How States are Making it Harder for Seniors to Vote and What can be Done to Make it Easier.
- Tools to Rate Website Accessibility – The Pew Charitable Trusts wrote an article about various web accessibility tools to help ensure that voters with disabilities can access your content.
- Voting Methods and Equipment By State – The types of voting equipment used in the United States vary significantly from state to state. Ballotpedia offers this state-by-state guide.
- Electronic Voting Guide – Every state uses some form of electronic voting, but they differ in the type that they offer. Lifewire shows the breakdown of states that use optical voting machines, states that use direct recording electronic voting machines, and states that use both.
- 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.
- A poll worker’s guide to assisting voters with disabilities – A resource for poll workers produced by Disability Rights Tennessee.
- Top 3 best fact checking sites – icitizen shared a blog about the top 3 best fact checking sites to help stay on top of the news and determine the truth.
- Guide for Political Campaign Staff – The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) created “Including People with Disabilities in Your Political Campaign: A Guide for Campaign Staff” to assist political campaigns with understanding the access needs, potential barriers, and interests of the disability community.
- Current Elected Officials with Disabilities – The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) tracks current elected officials with disabilities in their open source database.
- Information for College Voters – The Campus Election Engagement Project is a nonpartisan tool created by Campus Select to inform young, college-age voters of their local candidates’ stances on various issues.
- Information on Current Candidates – The BallotReady tool is used to create a personalized, interactive ballot based on your voting location that will inform you of the issues and candidates you will be voting on.
Resources and tools for casting a ballot and access to the polls.
- Voter Hub – The Voter Participation Center’s Voter Hub shares state-by-state information on voter registration, early voting, voter ID, automatic voter registration, vote-by-mail, and other details around the upcoming election.
- 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.
Call 888-Ve-Y-Vota (888-839-8682) for Bilingual English and Spanish assistance
Call 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) for assistance in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, or Tagalog
Call #YallaVote 844-418-1682 – Bilingual: English and Arabic
- State Protection & Advocacy Agencies – NCIL has compiled a directory of state protection and advocacy voter assistance hotlines.
- Voter Support Service – AAPD is proud to partner with The Arc of the United States on their Voter Support Service for people with disabilities. The site helps voters report and resolve voting barriers in real time.
- Voter Protection App for Latino Voters – LatinoJustice PRLDEF has launched a new smartphone voter protection app to help citizens report voting rights violations while voting in the 2016 elections. The app is in both English and Spanish and can be downloaded on iTunes and Google Play.
- Carpool Vote – A national platform connecting volunteer drivers with anybody needing a ride to cast their vote. The platform is accessible to voters with disabilities.
- Early Voting Calendar – Many states allow early voting, which takes place in person before Election Day. Vote.org offers a table detailing the early voting dates for states that offer it.
- Google Voting – Get polling place and ballot information quickly and easily from Google by searching “who’s on my ballot“ or “where to vote“
- SMS Tool – The Voting Information Project supports a SMS Tool that provides voters with election information via text message. By texting “VOTE” or “VOTO” to GOVOTE (468-683), voters can find polling places, contact information for local election officials, and registration URLs. The app is available in multiple languages.
- Voter ID Requirements – VoteRiders released a wallet-sized Voter ID Info Card (in English and Spanish) for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each card provides a breakdown of the voter ID requirements in that specific state. VoteRiders also provides voter ID assistance, including via pro bono lawyers, to citizens in every state. They also host a Voter ID Hotline: 1-844-338-8743.
- Spread The Vote – Spread The Vote provides direct assistance to help voters obtain the proper identification to vote in their state. They are currently active in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
- Know Your Right To Vote – The Arc has compiled a resource on knowing your voting rights as a person with a disability.
- Make Sure Your Voice is Heard at the Polls – AAPD and Easterseals collaborated to produce this Three-Step Checklist on the rights of voters with disabilities as well as a Voter Resource Card.
- Vote. It’s Your Right. – A guide to the voting rights of people with mental health disabilities. Produced by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, National Disability Rights Network, and Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP (plain-language version for advocates).
- Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law – Information on guardianship and voting. Learn more!
- Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) – Information and resources on guardianship and voting, a Voter Education Toolkit, and GoVoter.
- Thousands Lose Right to Vote Under ‘Incompetence’ Laws – This article from Pew Charitable Trusts explores states that eliminate the right to vote for people with disabilities under Guardianship.
- ADA Checklist for Polling Places – This 25-page document is an updated technical assistance publication on polling place accessibility for voters with disabilities.
Use your Power
Resources and tools for amplifying the power of the disability vote.
- Nonprofit VOTE – Offers a Voter Engagement Resource Library containing fact sheets, checklists, toolkits, and other resources on nonpartisan voter engagement as well as Seven Tips on Getting Out the Vote and their newly updated online guide for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
- Digitally Mobilizing Disabled Voters– The International Journal of Communication published an article by Dr. Filippo Trevisan called, “Using the Internet to Mobilize Marginalized Groups: People with Disabilities and Digital Campaign Strategies in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.” The full text can be found here.
- Volunteer Opportunities – National Voter Corps helps individuals identify voter rights organizations in their state for volunteer opportunities.
- Engaging New Voters – This report from Nonprofit Vote evaluates the potential of nonprofit service providers and community-based organizations to increase voting among their younger clients and constituents, while also assessing best practices for doing so.
- Activate Social Media – The REV UP Campaign has compiled some sample social media posts that you can pair with REV UP logos and graphics.
- The Election Toolkit – The Center for Technology and Civil Life (CTCL) created a website that holds a collection of free (or cheap) tools that are built for you to use to increase civic engagement — turnout, voter registration — and to smooth operations in polling places.
- 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.
- Are you interested in running for office? – Are you interested in running for elected office but not sure where to start? The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) has compiled a list of resources that can help you learn the skills necessary to run a campaign.
- 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.
- 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.
- Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Guide – The Voting Rights Subcommittee of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) has released a GOTV Guide for the 2018 election (PDF | Word | Plain Text).
- Accessible Election Websites and Sample Ballots Toolkit – The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) designed the “Achieving Accessibility for Election Websites and Sample Ballots: A Toolkit for Disability Advocates” resource to help local advocates not only understand the access barriers on election websites and sample ballots, but also help them form a strategy and approach local election officials to remove these barriers and make voter information accessible to voters with disabilities.
- United Way – The United Way offers a Voter Engagement Toolkit with information on how to remain nonpartisan while engaging voters.
- 2016 Voter Experience Survey – Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) compiled a final report based on their survey of 761 voters with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 40 states about their experiences voting.
- Open Records Laws – The National Association of Counties has a State By State Report on Open Records Laws that provides information on the process of requesting public information in every state.
- Political Campaigns and Charities – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a guide to help nonprofit organizations determine how to legally participate in voter education and engagement activities. Watch the webinar or read the PDF Course.
- Making Voting Fun! – Getting out the vote is more than getting people registered; it’s about helping people get excited about exercising their American duty by casting a ballot. Nonprofit VOTE compiled some great resources and tools to help!