People with Disabilities: Use Our Checklist to Make Sure Your Voice is Heard at the Polls
What are my rights as a voter with a disability?
What if my rights as a voter with a disability are being violated?
If you experience any problems accessing the polls on election day contact:
- 866 OUR VOTE at www.866ourvote.org or 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)
- 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
- The Election Assistance Commission, 1-866-747-1471 or BeReady16@eac.gov
- The Department of Justice, Voting Section at www.justice.gov/crt/contacting-voting-section, 800-253-3931, or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your state or local election office – find your state here.
- Your state Protection & Advocacy Agency – a list of state agencies can be found on the National Disability Rights Network website.
Is it too late to register to vote?
Register to vote — There's still time! State deadlines can be found here.
- Register to vote online at www.aapd.com/REVUP
- Study up the voter ID laws in your state.VoteRiders has created wallet-cards with the ID requirements for each state. Find them here. You can also contact their Voter ID Hotline at 1-844-338-8743.
- Identify your polling place – VOTE411.org offers a tool to locate your polling place based on the address where you are registered to vote.
- Consider voting absentee – learn more about rules and guidelines here.
- Consider participating in early voting, if offered in your area – This early voting chart lists time frames for those states that offer early voting.
- Check out this 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.
- Reach out to your local election officialsto learn about other options available to you:
- "Curbside voting," in which a poll worker brings all voting materials to your car.
- Mobile polling places at long-term care facilities.
- Transportation to the polls and help identifying the accessibility of polling places.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Blind and Low Vision
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Psychiatric and Mental Health
For more information on the Voting Rights Act (VRA), Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act (VAEHA), National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), and Help America Vote Act (HAVA) please visit the Department of Justice's Voting Section website: www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/
Be sure to check out AAPD's REV UP Campaign