2020 Presidential Election Information For Citizens with DisabilitiesTweet
Your Safety Matters! Make Your Plan on How You will Vote!This election for November 2020 will be different because of the pandemic. Going to the polls, voting by mail, voting early may be changed from past elections. Voting by mail must be done early so as to get your vote in on time.
This year election rules or deadlines could change. Do not rely on the deadlines.
Every state's election rules are different.Do not wait to figure out how you will vote! In some states you must be registered to vote by October 5, 2020. Although requesting an absentee mail-in ballot may have an October deadline, if you plan to vote this way, you should request your ballot in September and mail it in as soon as you can!
Make Your Plan to Vote!There are many ways to vote. Each state has their own rules and each municipality may offer ways to vote. You cannot vote on-line, but you might be able to request your absentee mail-in ballot on-line.
Make a Plan to Vote Early!You either need to vote in-person at an official polling place, which you may be able to do early or by casting an absentee ballot, that you either deliver or mail in. Find out the deadlines. There are many resources below to help you vote safely in this election.
Then Find out how to carry out that vote through your state and municipality/town/village.
The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Learn more about the Voting Process
- Voter Checklist - Are You Ready to Vote? 8 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE THE 2020 ELECTION!
- Live in Wisconsin? Check out our Voting Guide for Wisconsin Citizens with Disabilities
- Voter Checklist - Are You Ready to Vote? 8 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE THE 2020 ELECTION!
- Who are the 2020 Presidential Nominees?
- What's next? Important Election Dates
- How do your candidates stand on The Issues
Step 1: Get Fired Up!"We need to do what needs to be done to ensure our vote counts, all while advocating loudly for change. You will be tempted by apathy " that nagging, deceptive voice that tries to convince you that your work will not matter. Do it anyway. Once apathy takes hold, it is a most formidable, destructive beast. Fight it." Read more of our blog post 2020: A Future With Us?
Read our (still relevant) 2015 blog post Nothing About Us Without Us
Step 2: Know Your RightsThere are numerous laws in place to ensure that every eligible voter is given the opportunity to cast a vote. You cannot be turned away at the polls due to a lack of accessibility. Poll workers must accommodate your disability and provide an opportunity for you to vote in a private manner.
For more on Voter Accessibility, refer to the following laws:
Be Proactive!There are still thousands of polling places that fail to meet the minimal accessibility guidelines for voters with disabilities. There is still time to contact your County Elections Office to discuss your needs as a voter with a disability. Be sure to share the Americans with Disabilities Act Checklist for Polling Places with the elections officials in your jurisdiction. Contact the candidates' campaigns and ask them to ensure they are considering Americans with disabilities. Forward the following guide: Including People with Disabilities in Your Political Campaign: A Guide for Campaign Staff.
Step 3: Register to Vote
In a number of states you must register to vote as far as 30 days in advance of the election, while in others you can register at the polls on election day. Each state has varying deadlines and requirements for registration (including residency requirements).Keep in mind that you must be registered with the municipality in which you currently live. So if you've moved, you may have to register again. To learn more about your state's voter registration guidelines, visit Project Vote Smart: Voter Registration or visit CanIVote.org to find out if you are already registered and/or more about your state's registration deadlines and requirements.
Quick list of State Voter Registration Deadlines Double check any recent changes to election rules in your state; You can also contact your State Election Office to ensure you are registered in time for the 2020 election.
Another great resource is The Voter Participation Center. They have a goal to reach the "invisible" Americans, those voting age citizens who are less likely to register, and therefore vote.You may also wish to get involved in the National Voter Registration Day movement and encourage others to register.
Step 4: Educate Yourself on the Candidates and Their PoliciesDo not simply rely on the campaign commercials splashed across your television screen; read up on the candidates' stances on the issues, check out their voting records, get to know them inside and out. We have offered a number of resources below to help you get to know the candidates.
Step 5: Cast Your VoteWhat if I cannot make it to the polls on Election Day?
If you are unable to go to the polls on election day, there are processes in place that will still allow you to vote. Contact your State Election Office to learn about their Early Voting and Absentee Voting procedures. Be sure to contact them mid September to ensure you meet the requirements and deadlines. Vote as early as you can!
Voters with language barriers often depend on the help of interpreters at the polls.
Changes to polling places are possible due to the coronavirus. These may include different locations, layouts, procedures, and availability of translators.
If you need to vote in person, check your polling place now and close to Election Day. Find out about early voting options. And check with local election officials to learn:
If your needs will be met at your polling station
Voting Rights Fact Sheet: As a person with a disability, it is your right to have a full and equal opportunity to register to vote, cast a ballot, and access disability related accommodations. Our "Know Your Voting Rights" fact sheet gives you an overview. Be an informed voter - view the fact sheet.
What should I bring to the polls?
- Identification: As of January 2020, 35 states require voters to present some form of ID at the polls. Seven states, including Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin, have strict ID requirements, which may require a government issued photo ID. The remaining states have various requirements to present some form of ID. To learn what ID requirements your state has, visit the National Conference of State Legislatures: Voter Identification Requirements: Voter ID Laws.
- Someone to assist you in the polling booth: While the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) requires that all polling places have at least one accessible voting machine to enable people to vote privately and independently, you are permitted to bring an idividual to assist you, provided they are not an officer or agent of your employer or union.
- A sample ballot and/or your notes on candidates: You can easily create a personalized ballot (with candidate notes) for your jurisdiction by visiting Vote411.
- The number to your State Protection and Advocacy Office
- The Election Protection hotline number (1-866-OUR-VOTE ((866) 687-8683)) in the event you encounter difficulty voting.
The NomineesIn alphabetical order -
The Biden Plan for Full Participation and Equality for People with Disabilities
Americans With Disabilities
The Biden Plan to Combat Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Prepare for Future Global Health Threats
Donald Trump, Republican
President of The United States
No disability policy page
To check out a complete list including the candidates that dropped out and links to their campaign websites as well as their disability policy positions, visit Crip The Vote: 2020 Presidential Candidates
For more in depth research on voting records, visit Vote Smart: Facts Matter.
ElectionBecause of the pandemic, if you can, do not wait until November 3, 2020, Election Day to vote.
Check your Voter Registration mid September and before October 1st.
Make Your Plan to Vote! Visit your State Election Office Site and contact your municipal/town or visit their website for registration, requesting absentee ballots, early in-person voting or your polling place for voting!
Make a Plan to Vote Early!
Stay safe voting!
Do not wait to request your absentee mail-in ballot! This site can walk you through your specific state and county application process for an absentee ballot and How to Vote by Mail, visit Vote Save America
Plan to vote in person? Choose Early In-Person Voting
CNet offers a quick list When Early In-Person Voting Starts and Ends for Every US State
Plan to vote at the polls? Be sure to check your polling place.
To find your local polling location, visit: Polling Place Locator
Will you need accommodation at the polls? Check your rights to accessible voting and check with your municipality to be sure they are equipped this election to accommodate you.
Do you live in Wisconsin? Visit our Wisconsin Voter Guide for Wisconsin Citizens with Disabilities
Primaries Are Now Over- Nominees are selected - See aboveIndividual primaries were staggered throughout late winter and spring in each state. Here's a complete list of Presidential Primary dates.
See the links above but not quite sure which candidates represent your needs and beliefs? Here are a few great tools that can help you get to know the candidates and the issues.I Side With is an online quiz that matches your positions on Education, the Environment, Domestic Policy, the Economy, Social Welfare, Foreign Policy, Health Care and Immigration with those of the candidates. This tool is a great starting point to help you discover who's policies might align with your hopes for America. Politifact.com measures the truthfulness of statements made by the candidates. The Respectability Report offers a nonpartisan political commentary on the 2020 U.S. election with a focus on disability issues. Vote411 offers comprehensive information on everything you need to vote! With their voters' guide you can see the races on your ballot, compare candidates' positions side-by-side, and print out a "ballot" indicating your preferences as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day. Vote Smart is a comprehensive election tool that provides unbiased facts on all of the candidates. Simply type in the candidate's name and have access to their bio, voting record, policy positions, an archive of their speeches and a list of major campaign contributors.