One of the more important and greatest rights of being a United States citizen is voting. The ability to take part in decision making, regardless of which way you lean politically. The Constitution grants people the right to have their vote counted in elections. Regardless of race, religion, gender, or any other identifier, each vote counts the same and allows you to express your wants and desires for how best to proceed. Especially important for people with disabilities. As a member of one of the largest minorities in America, approximately 20% of Americans have a disability, it is important to be involved with decisions that will have an impact on you.
Nothing for us, without us.
First things first.
Are you a registered voter? Yes, no, unsure..?
To find out more information on topics and candidates so you can make an informed decision, use reputable and non-partisan websites such as:
www.isidewith.com – Take a quick survey and find out which candidate has the same ideals as you.
www.vote-usa.org – Get candidate stances on topics to give you a more informed decision.
www.vote411.org – To get dates of upcoming debates, check voter registration, find polling locations.
www.govtrack.us - Provides access to current legislation
MI Bridge Fact Guide - Fact guide to provide statistics on popular Michigan voting issues.
https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/voting-rights/ - Learn more about how to exercise your voting rights, resist voter intimidation efforts, and access disability-related accommodations and language assistance at the polls.
Sign up to be an Absentee Voter. There are no longer stipulations of who can vote Absentee. This option allows for you to get the ballot at home and do your homework on the issues and candidates, then mail in your ballot. Or you can still physically take it to the polling station on Election Day. Should something come up and you cannot go to the polling station on Election Day, setting up as an Absentee Ballot/Voter guarantees your opportunity to vote.
Lastly, if you feel you have had your vote intentionally suppressed or discriminatory actions have been done to you because of your disability
*contact the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service 1-800-288-5923.