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!

2019 and 2020 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 2020 has already passed (July 13-17, 2020), this Toolkit includes useful resources for holding voter registration events.
  • 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.

Educate

Resources and tools for voter education.

  • 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.

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 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!

 

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 OpportunitiesNational 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.
  • 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.
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