Your Disabled Voting Experience

November 13, 2012

Ivan went to vote, and he didn’t have any trouble. He asked our support person to take him since he didn’t want to have to look for parking twice (he had class later, so he would have to look for parking on campus when he arrived at school. That can be a challenge for sure, depending on what time of day it is.) He was thrilled to vote and had no problem whatsoever. It is very unfortunate that despite the ADA law there are still many polling places that are inaccessible to disabled voters, and we’re not just talking physical disabilities. Many polling places are school gymnasiums or other large, echoey places. Ours had only five booths so it didn’t get overcrowded, but there were some visual distractions. We have been in such environments before, many times. We heard from other advocates about less than optimal conditions at polling stations.

What was YOUR voting experience like, as a person with a disability?

ETA: this is a little bit late, I had written most of it a week ago but had to put finishing touches on it and categorize it. We’re funny like that.

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This from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN): Tell NCD About Your Voting Experience. Today is election day in the U.S. and the National Council on Disability (NCD) is collecting input on the experiences of disabled voters.

Here is the announcement:

Have you cast your vote in the current election?

The National Council on Disability, in collaboration with the National Disability Rights Network and EIN SOF Communications, is collecting information about the voting experiences of people with disabilities. In early 2013, they will release a report based on their findings.

Although it violates state and federal laws, many polling places across the country are inaccessible to people with disabilities. According to a Government Accounting Office report found in 2008, only 27% of polling places were fully accessible. This means that many disabled people are denied their fundamental right to vote in federal, state, and local elections.

To help the NCD…

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