Because it Does
Stop what you’re doing and focus on this, now. Voting is the single most important right we have and every one of us must participate. We are 1 month away from Election Day, November 3rd, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. So step up to the plate and do your part.
For decades marginalized groups have fought for the right to vote, including people with disabilities. They put their lives on the line to have a voice, effect change, and take charge of their lives. It is serious stuff so get ready, make a plan, and go.
IT’S ABOUT DEMOCRACY. The disability community still has a lot to fight for: affordable housing and healthcare, basic civil rights like accessibility, the right to live independently and much more. In order to keep moving forward, we need to elect legislators who will join the fight. On November 3rd, 2020, Americans will decide what kind of country they want to live in. Make a choice and vote accordingly. Do it for you, me, our loved ones and our community.
THE CLOCK IS TICKING. Deadlines are coming fast and furious so don’t waste any time, just do it.
It may seem overwhelming, but it’s not as hard as you think. Just take a deep breath, and follow along. OK?
LET’S GET GOING! Just Follow the Links:
How to Vote
FIRST: ARE YOU REGISTERED? Is your address up to date? It may already be too late to register in your state. So check your status NOW. If you’re already registered with the correct personal information, move on to #2. If not, REGISTER HERE or update your registration and continue.
Depending on where you live, you have options:
1. We can all vote in person on Election Day on Tuesday, November 3rd. The problem? It’s always crowded, but this year you risk getting sick and the lines will be long and slow.
2. If your state has Early Voting, you can vote during the week before. More days mean shorter lines, less crowding and safer.
3. Absentee ballot: Mail-in or, in many states, drop-off at the Board of Elections or a polling site.
VOTE IN PERSON: Go to POLL SITE LOCATOR to find your poll site locations, dates, and hours. .
HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT: Make sure your vote is counted! If you haven’t done it before, it can be confusing. This step-by-step video will show you how to fill it in and mail it. (from National Public Radio) #NPR
Mail your ballot as soon as possible. And while you’re at it, why not SIGN UP FOR ELECTION REMINDERS?
Remember – we walk in the path of all those who sacrificed so much for our right to vote.
An additional resource from the Brain Injury Association of America: the tip sheet Voting Is My Super Power! Voting Tips For People Living With Brain Injury by Flora Hammond, M.D., FACRM
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