November 8 is the time to head to the polls. Everyone 18 and older – including people with disabilities – has the right to vote!
Who will be the new President of the United States? Clinton or Trump? That’s the question on everybody’s mind.
Like Apostrophe contributor Kurt Rutzen says, “…each vote does count” to elect the person you’d like to see in the Whitehouse.
Get help at your polling place
To assist people with disabilities who come across barriers or issues while at their polling place, our friends at The Arc has created a Voter Support Service.
The Voter Support Service is a mobile-friendly site for people with disabilities to ensure their vote counts.
Active on Election Day, the service gives voters a way to ask for help. They can report a problem at a polling place. Or they can get help find their polling place and more.
Before you head out to vote, be sure to save the website to your smartphone to get the help if you need it. Save it to the home screen of your iPhone or Android by following these instructions.
According to Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc, in 2012, one in five voters with disabilities experienced a barrier at the polls.
“This is unacceptable, and to help resolve this problem, we have created a tool at your fingertips to get help with casting your ballot,” he said. “People with intellectual and developmental disabilities should be a force in our election process.”
People with disabilities can greatly impact the vote
The Arc gathered some interesting numbers about eligible voters with disabilities from a Rutgers University report. They say the impact of the vote by people with disabilities could be “staggering.”
In the 2016 election:
- There are 62.7 million eligible voters who either have a disability or have a household member with a disability. This is more than one-fourth of the total electorate.
- A projected 35.4 million people with disabilities will be eligible to vote this year. This represents close to one-sixth of the total electorate.
- The number of eligible voters with disabilities has increased 10.8 percent since 2008. There was only an increase of 8.5 percent among eligible voters without disabilities.
“Voting is a fundamental form of expression that helps shape the future of our country. It’s incredibly important that people with disabilities vote,” Peter said.
Peter reminds us all the words of disability rights legend Justin Dart, Jr., “Vote as if your life depended on it, because it does.”
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