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Vital Disability Voter 2018 Info

Washington, D.C., Nov. 6 – Below you will find two up-to-the-minute resources to help you this election:

  1. Straight Q&A’s with candidates on disability issues organized by state. If you do not see a candidate from a senate or gubernatorial race, or local candidates in New York City and Los Angeles, it is because the candidate chose not to answer the questionnaire. RespectAbility is nonpartisan and all candidates were given an equal chance to make voters aware of their views on disability issues.
  2. Apps and information on where to vote, how to vote and who to contact if there is an issue. As voters go to the polls, it is vital to know that voters with disabilities have every right to vote. If you have a problem voting due to lack of access for disability, contact 866-OUR-VOTE, or other resources listed below, immediately. Please let us know as well by emailing LaurenA@RespectAbility.org.

Now please go vote! The disability community is 56 million citizens strong. Show your power at the ballot box!

RespectAbility and The RespectAbility Report are nonpartisan and do not endorse candidates. The questionnaire is purely for educational purposes. Below are links to detailed answers to the questionnaire. Every major party candidate for senate and governor, as well as local candidates in New York City and Los Angeles, was given an equal opportunity to address these issues and if they are not listed, it is because they declined to answer.

State Gubernatorial Candidate View Full Answers
Alabama Walter Maddox therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/25/alabama-maddox
Alaska Bill Walker (dropped out of race) therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/17/bill-walker
Colorado Jared Polis therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/25/colorado-polis
Florida Andrew Gillum therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/25/florida-gillum
Hawaii David Ige therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/17/david-ige
Hawaii Andria Tupola therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/08/andria-tupola
Illinois JB Pritzker therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/25/illinois-pritzker
Iowa Fred Hubbell therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/25/iowa-hubbell
Kansas Laura Kelly therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/25/kansas-kelly
Michigan Bill Schuette therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/25/michigan-schuette  ‎
Nevada Steve Sisolak therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/04/steve-sisolak-nevada
State Senate Candidate View Full Answers
Delaware Robert Arlett therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/25/delaware-arlett
Hawaii Ron Curtis therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/17/ron-curtis
Maryland Ben Cardin therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/25/maryland-cardin
Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/25/massachusetts-warren  ‎
Nevada Dean Heller therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/17/dean-heller
Nevada Jacky Rosen therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/08/jacky-rosen
North Dakota Heidi Heitkamp therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/25/north-dakota-heitkamp
Ohio Sherrod Brown therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/25/ohio-brown
Pennsylvania Bob Casey therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/25/pennsylvania-casey  ‎

New York City candidates: therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/26/nyc-candidates

Los Angeles area candidates: therespectabilityreport.org/2018/10/26/la-candidates

Election Day Assistance

Rock the Vote has several online tools that simplify and demystify voter registration and elections. Follow the links below for more on how to claim your vote!

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission created a tip sheet to help voters with disabilities vote privately and independently.

Easter Seals, AAPD and the REVUP campaign created a checklist for voters with disabilities. Download their voting resource card to take with you to the polls! The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) has compiled an extensive voter resource centerto help people register to vote, learn about the issues and organized the disability vote. The REV UP campaign, a project of AAPD, aims to increase the political power of the disability community, while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. One Vote Now, a collaborative project between National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, DREDF, AAPD, RespectAbility and the National Disability Rights Network, is working to enhance the voting bloc of people with disabilities.

The Voting Information Projectsupports 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.

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, in partnership with several other disability advocacy organizations, published A Guide to the Voting Rights of People with Mental Disabilities. This newly updated guide lists key legal principles, provides information about state laws and practices that limit the voting rights of people with mental disabilities, and offers tools to help people with disabilities preserve or restore their voting rights. Learn more: www.bazelon.org/our-work/voting.

Need help getting to the polls?

In addition to contacting your local candidates’ office, reach out to Carpool Vote, a service connecting volunteer drivers with anybody who needs a ride to claim their vote. Transportation often is a factor for why people with disabilities do not vote and Carpool Vote is aiming to change that.

  • Offer to drive or request a ride online: http://carpoolvote.com
  • For help using Carpool Vote, call or SMS: 804-424-5335

In addition, the National Federation of the Blind(NFB) is partnering with Lyft, a popular ride-hailing app, to help blind voters get to the polls. Lyft has provided NFB’s national headquarters with a number of promotion codes, worth $15 each, which are being distributed through eleven of their affiliates: Colorado, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Contact your affiliate president if you could benefit from one of these codes, contact information is here: complete list of our affiliates and their leaders.

What if I go to the polls and they tell me I am not registered to vote?

First, make sure you are at the right polling place. If you are at the wrong polling place, they will not have your name on list of voters. If you are at the correct location and are not on the list, you still can cast a ballot. Ask the poll worker for a provisional ballot. After the polls close on Election Day, the state will check on the status of your voter registration and if there was a mistake made. The state must notify you as to whether your ballot was counted.

On Election Day, if I think my rights have been violated, what should I do?

If you have any questions at the polls, first ask an election official on site for assistance. If they are unable to assist or if you believe they violated your voting rights, then contact the Election Protection Coalition, a nonpartisan coalition working year-round to advance and defend your right to vote. They have lawyers standing by to answer your call:

  • Visit 866ourvote.org
  • 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) – English
  • 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) – Spanish
  • 844-YALLA-US – Arabic
  • 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) – Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu or Tagalog
  • 301-818-VOTE – American Sign Language
  • Text “Our Vote” to 97779

Other Resources:

State Protection and Advocacy Voter Assistance Hotlines

The National Council on Independent Livingcompiled a directory of Protection and Advocacy voter assistance hotlines that address the voting barriers specifically affecting voters with disabilities, listed by state:

  • Alabama: Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program – (205) 348-4928
  • Alaska: Disability Law Center of Alaska – (800) 478-1234
  • American Samoa: Office of Protection & Advocacy – (684) 633-2441
  • Arizona: Arizona Center for Disability Law – (602) 274-6287
  • Arkansas: Disability Rights Arkansas – (800) 482-1174
  • California: Disability Rights California – (888) 569-7955
  • Colorado: Disability Law Colorado – (303) 722-0300
  • Connecticut: Disability Rights Connecticut – (860) 297-4300
  • Delaware: Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. – (302) 575-0660
  • District of Columbia: Disability Rights DC – (202) 547-0198
  • Florida: Disability Rights Florida – (800) 342-0823
  • Georgia: The Georgia Advocacy Office – (404) 885-1234
  • Guam: Guam Legal Services – (671) 477-9811
  • Hawaii: Hawaii Disability Rights Center – (800) 882-1057
  • Idaho: Disability Rights Idaho – (208) 336-5353
  • Illinois: Equip for Equality – (800) 537-2632
  • Indiana: Indiana Disability Rights – (800) 622-4845
  • Iowa: Disability Rights Iowa – (800) 779-2502
  • Kansas: Disability Rights Center of Kansas – (877) 776-1541
  • Kentucky: Kentucky Protection & Advocacy – (800) 372-2988
  • Louisiana: Advocacy Center – (800) 960-7705
  • Maine: Disability Rights Maine – (800) 452-1948
  • Maryland: Disability Rights Maryland – (443) 692-2492
  • Massachusetts: Disability Law Center, Inc. – (800) 872-9992
  • Michigan: Michigan Protection & Advocacy Services – (800) 288-5923
  • Minnesota: Minnesota Disability Law Center – (800) 292-4150
  • Mississippi: Disability Rights Mississippi – (601) 968-0600
  • Missouri: Missouri Protection & Advocacy – (573) 893-3333
  • Montana: Disability Rights Montana – (406) 449-2344
  • Nebraska: Disability Rights Nebraska – (800) 422-6691
  • Nevada: Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center – (888) 349-3843
  • New Hampshire: Disability Rights Center New Hampshire – (800) 834-1721
  • New Jersey: Disability Rights New Jersey – (609) 292-9742
  • New Mexico: Disability Rights New Mexico – (800) 432-4682
  • New York: Disability Rights New York – (800) 993-8982
  • North Carolina: Disability Rights North Carolina – (877) 235-4210
  • North Dakota: North Dakota Protection & Advocacy – (701) 328-2950
  • Ohio: Disability Rights Ohio – (800) 282-9181
  • Oklahoma: Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. – (800) 880-7755
  • Oregon: Disability Rights Oregon – (888) 339-VOTE
  • Pennsylvania: Disability Rights Pennsylvania – (215) 238-8070
  • Puerto Rico: Office of the Governor/Ombudsman for Persons with Disabilities – (787) 725-2333
  • Rhode Island: Rhode Island Disability Law Center – (401) 831-3150
  • South Carolina: Protection & Advocacy of South Carolina – (866) 275-7273
  • South Dakota: Disability Rights South Dakota – (800) 658-4782
  • Tennessee: Disability Rights Tennessee – (800) 342-1660
  • Texas: Disability Rights Texas – (888) 796-VOTE
  • Utah: Disability Law Center – (800) 662-9080
  • Vermont: Disability Rights Vermont – (800) 834-7890
  • Virgin Islands: Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands – (340) 772-1200
  • Virginia: disAbility Law Center of Virginia – (800) 552-3962
  • Washington: Disability Rights Washington – (800 562-2702
  • West Virginia: Disability Rights West Virginia – (304) 346-0847
  • Wisconsin: Disability Rights Wisconsin – (844) DIS-VOTE
  • Wyoming: Wyoming Protection & Advocacy System – (877) 249-6167
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