by the SABE GoVoter Project
(December 2018, Plain Press) “Having a disability is not the problem with voting, it is having the accessible equipment, accessible location, and the respect to do so.” – Nancy Ward, Oklahoma People First
If you voted in the 2018 General Election, how did you cast your ballot…mail in, early voting or on Election Day at your polling place? Every citizen in the United States has the right to vote and have a voice in electing political leaders and laws. The challenge we face is to make voting available and accessible to all citizens. Many barriers continue to exist that prevent voters with disabilities from exercising their rights. That is why the Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) GoVoter Project is collecting information from voters with disabilities across the United States about their voting experience in 2018!
Many voters with disabilities have had problems voting, and we need your help to find out if voting barriers still exist or have improved. Some of the questions we’re working to answer include: • Do voters continue to have problems with physical accessibility getting into polling locations and once inside? • Was the voting equipment, including accessible voting machines, available and working? •Were the Poll Workers helpful? • Did voters have privacy and independence? • How did the overall voting experience make voters feel?
Will you help us? Voters with disabilities can complete the SABE GoVoter Experience Survey about the 2018 General Election at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018GoVoterSurvey or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a paper copy to mail back. The survey will be open until January 1, 2019.
Disability Rights Ohio will share what SABE learns with local, state and federal election leaders to protect our right to vote!
The mission of Disability Rights Ohio is to advocate for the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio.