Everyone can and should vote in the upcoming U.S. Presidential election (Tuesday, November 8, 2016), including individuals with a wide range of disabilities. For information about the different voter registration deadlines in all states, click here.
Early voting has begun across the United States, check your local government to find the early voting locations nearest you.
If you have an adult family member or friend with an intellectual disability (ID) who is interested in and able to vote, is registered or can register still, you can assist by helping him or her vote, explaining the voting process and accompanying him or her to the polling place. For more information about the voting rights of individuals with disabilities in Massachusetts, click here.
Resources for Voters with Disabilities from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
Nonprofit VOTE is another resource that might be helpful.
“Voting is one of the most important responsibilities we have as citizens of the United States,” says Margaret Walsh, M.A., BCBA, Clinical Director for the Western Massachusetts division of the May Center for Adult Services. “It is one way of collectively voicing our opinion about how we want our country to be run.”
Ms. Walsh has authored a column with information about how to help individuals with ID exercise their right to vote.
The Americans with Disabilities Act and Other Federal Laws Protecting the Rights of Voters with Disabilities.