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!

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REV UP and Get Out the Disability Vote

Every Tuesday, leading up to Election Day, the REV UP Campaign is issuing a new post to help you REV UP and Get Out the DISABILITY VOTE.

 

2018 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.
  • 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 2018 has already passed (July 16-20, 2018), this Toolkit includes useful resources for holding voter registration events.
  • National Disability Voter Registration Week Social Media Toolkit
    Sample social media posts and graphics to promote National Disability Voter Registration Week. While NDVRW 2018 has already passed (July 16-20, 2018), this Toolkit includes other relevant sample posts.
  • 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).

 

Register

Resources and tools for voter registration.

  • 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.

 

Educate

Resources and tools for voter education.

  • 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!

  • 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.
  • 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.

 

Vote

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law – Information on guardianship and voting. Learn more!
  • Secure Our Vote – Secure Our Vote is a coalition of organizations and concerned citizens focused on making sure elections are secure from hacking and computer error.

Use your Power

Resources and tools for amplifying the power of the disability vote.

  • 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.
  • 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.

 

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