The Supreme Court’s ruling to restrict access to voting last week is a reminder of the importance of disability rights laws for protecting the civil rights of all Americans.
Man Says His Signature Changes Due To Learning Disability, And His Ballot Has Been Rejected Because Of It | CBS2 Chicago
Bryce Tuttle has a learning disability that affects his handwriting, and now his ballot. His absentee ballot was rejected by the Chicago Board of Elections, and now, he is fighting to prove “it’s really him.”
Everyone in the U.S. is facing a new barrier to voting this year: COVID-19. But if you have a disability, 2020 probably isn’t the first year you’ve faced one obstacle or another while casting your ballot. During the 2016 election, a whopping 83% of polling places posed at least one impediment for voters with disabilities — say, a pathway inaccessible to a voter in a wheelchair. And, according to a study by the Government Accountability Office, less than 40% of locations equipped their voting systems for people with disabilities to cast their votes privately: electronic voting systems weren’t powered on, for example, or they lacked earphones, or the stations weren’t big enough for a wheelchair.
As the 2020 election nears the finish line, Americans are increasingly bombarded with political ads and neighborhood yard signs—all trying to convince voters who will be the best candidate to represent them. In the past, however, disabled people have often not found themselves or their needs prioritized in political pandering. This exclusion seemed to wane throughout the 2020 primary elections, as several presidential hopefuls released disability platforms during their campaigns—an unprecedented and long-overdue inclusion of the disability community.
Now till election day 8 AM – 9 PM ET – DNC Voter Protection Accessible Hotlines – Text ACCESS to 433-67 or text ur question to 833-923-2020. If Deaf/HOH voter need to chat with a hotline rep in ASL, pls request this accom when contacting the hotlines. #CripTheVote #VOTE
— Claudia L Gordon Esq (@ClaudiaLGordon) November 1, 2020
From Claudia Gordon: DNC Voter Protection Accessible Hotlines. Now till tmw 8 AM – 9 PM ET. Text ACCESS to 433-67 or text ur question to 833-923-2020. If Deaf/HOH voters need to chat w/ hotline rep in ASL, request this accom when contacting the hotlines. Spanish-lang text line, text ACCESO to 433-67.
T here are a lot of Americans who find the act of voting difficult because of learning disabilities and their obstacles are getting new attention as awareness of these disabilities increases. CNN talked to Quinn Bradlee, who is a founder of the Our Time, Our Vote initiative at the National Center for Learning Disabilities. He’s also the author of the memoir, “A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures,” and “A Life’s Work: Fathers and Sons,” which he co-authored with his father, the late Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee.
The ongoing discussion about #voting and the latest comments form the President are a reminder that our duty as citizens is not a game. In our latest blog penned by our pals at
The American Associatin of People with Disabiliteis learn why people with disabilities have to take voting very seriously.
Blind people are suing over their voting options. In Virginia, their action brought results. | Washington Post
For vision-impaired voters in Virginia, there was no easy way to vote. They would either have to risk their health to vote in person, or forgo voter privacy by asking someone to fill in the blanks on their mail-in ballot forms.
Tomorrow is Election Day and if you want to learn more about disability policy, check out this interview with Liz Weintraub of AUCD!
As the Trump administration and a mix of governors and state legislatures try to suppress voting by mail across the Union, a coalition of disability rights groups and citizens with disabilities is still fighting for full enfranchisement, 30 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The latest battleground is New York State, where the group has filed suit in the Southern District of New York against the state’s Board of Elections (BOE) for discrimination against New Yorkers with disabilities.
Voting in the Time of Corona: The Difference between Absentee Voting and Voting-by-Mail | Bipartisan Policy
If election officials are going to expand voting by mail this election cycle because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s essential to examine the existing absentee and vote-by-mail infrastructure that states already have in place. To maintain strict social distancing guidelines in upcoming elections, it’s clearly a good idea to ramp up vote-by-mail and allow absentee voting. But what would that entail? Don’t many states already have absentee voting? Are vote-by-mail and absentee voting the same?
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