Voting Center: Support the Vote!
Register to Vote!
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission provides guidance on voter registration, helpful tips, and resources.
SLN Voting Position Statement
The SLN believes in supporting our siblings to exercise their rights to vote. We’ve written the SLN Voting Position Statement to officially declare our support for all people to vote.
SLN Supporting Siblings in Voting Video
We have also created a video that discusses how siblings can support their brothers and sisters with disabilities to vote: Check it out!
THE DISABILITY VOTE – VIDEOS AND RESOURCES FROM ROOTED IN RIGHTS
The SLN is a REV UP Voting Coalition
REV UP stands for “Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!” The REV UP Voting Campaign’s mission is to foster civic engagement and protect the voting rights of Americans with disabilities. REV UP focuses on building the power of the disability vote across the country. The REV UP network is made of both grassroots and national organizers that work to advance the Disability Vote. REV UP is a nonpartisan campaign, meaning that we do not support specific candidates or political parties. The REV UP Voting Campaign started in 2016 as an initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), a cross-disability civil rights organization building the political and economic power of people with disabilities across the country.
AAPD Voting Resources
Resource to help you register to vote, learn about the issues, and organize the disability vote: https://www.aapd.com/advocacy/voting/voter-resource-center/
Voting Assistance Center for People with Disabilities
Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), the national self advocacy organization for people with developmental disabilities announced non-partisan materials and resources that are user friendly for everyone interested in the voting process. SABE’s National Technical Assistance Center for Voting and Cognitive Access (NTAC) invites people who want to learn about voting to their website. Both new and experienced voters can select topics they are interested in learning about and resources to help them. We want organizations and groups to be able to support people with disabilities to become better informed about the importance of their vote and how to increase voting in their community.
National Technical Assistance Center for Voting and Cognitive Access: http://www.govoter.org/
The Project VOTE! Voter Education Toolkit is a guide created by leaders in the self advocacy movement to help people teach voter education trainings in their communities. The Voter Education Toolkit includes 8-10 hours of training about registering to vote, voter rights and responsibilities, how to learn about candidates and issues, different ways that people vote, and how to increase partnerships between self-advocacy groups and protection and advocacy organization.
Voting Rights for People with Mental Health Disabilities
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and the National Disability Rights Network have put out A Voting Guide to the Rights of People with Mental Disabilities.
The report focuses on four areas of concern to voters with mental disabilities:
- voter-competence requirements imposed by state laws or by election officials or service providers,
- state photo-ID laws,
- voter challenges and
- providing help to voters with disabilities.
A final section describes the relationship between federal and state laws in this area.