Over 35 million Americans with disabilities are eligible to vote, but only 15 million cast ballots, according to advocacy group Disability Rights California. About 20 million aren’t voting, which could have a big impact on who gets elected and on policies that affect citizens with disabilities.
Every vote counts.
May 21 is the deadline to register. The vote by mail deadline falls on May 29.
June 5 is Primary Day for voters in the state.
Voting is your chance to tell elected officials what issues and projects matter to you. State and federal laws protect citizens with disabilities’ right to vote. You have the right to vote in an accessible place.
Every precinct must have at least one voting machine or system that is accessible to voters with disabilities, including blind or low vision voters.
Election officials and poll workers will be trained to help voters with disabilities, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Where to get a voter registration form:
- Call 1-800-345-VOTE (8683) (Voice or TDD/TTY). Ask them to mail you a form.
- Contact your County Elections Office.
- Pick up a form at the local library
- Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
- Post Office
- County Mental Health Agency
- County or City Clerk offices
- Register online at: http://www.sos.ca.gov. Click on “Voter Registration”.