Signal Boost: Voting Rights for People With Disabilities in California

If you’re a disabled voter in California and you encounter problems at the polls on 2 November, Disability Rights California wants to hear about it!

VOTE Tuesday, November 2, 2010!

If you are an individual with a disability and encounter problems such as

  • Accessing your polling place
  • Voting Privately and Independently
  • Casting your vote

Then call

TTY: 1-800-719-5798

For assistance in languages other than English and Spanish, you may be put on hold while we connect with interpreters.

You can spread the word about this service by sharing this voting flyer (pdf) or (rtf). The flyer is also avilable in Spanish (pdf) #F001.02,Korean (pdf) #F001.03, Chinese (pdf) #F001.04, Vietnamese (pdf)#F001.05, and Russian (pdf) #F001.07.

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One thought on “Signal Boost: Voting Rights for People With Disabilities in California

  1. It would be nice if there was someone providing this service nationwide, or better yet, demanding that polling places be ADA compliant, at the very least. (Most states actually have ADA compliance as a requirement in their elections law but there is zero enforcement.) My area is plagued with inaccessible polling places (including my own) that according to the county/state are accessible. I’m still working out what part of “steps = no entry for wheelchair or scooter users” they don’t understand.

    To make matters worse, in Pennsylvania, in order to get an absentee ballot for disability reasons, you have to disclose your disability and provide the name and phone number of your physician. This information is retained for who knows how long and is accessible to who knows what people, and I don’t know what happens if you’re unable or unwilling to name your ailment or if you don’t have a physician. I’ve never heard of anyone being denied a ballot on a challenge to their claim of disability, but having to provide that information and sign off on a document that speaks of perjury if all claims aren’t “true and correct” certainly raises the spectre of both disenfranchisement and penalty if someone (with no apparent medical credentials) challenges your request, which is really quite anxiety-making.

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