2016 Election Season
With the approach of General Election Day (November 8th, 2016), the Council supports efforts to assure that adults with developmental disabilities are able to exercise their right to vote.
In February of 2016, New Hampshire introduced a new machine called the One4All, the first tool of its kind to be used in a federal election. There are intentions to eventually switch everyone over to the One4All machine, eliminating the use of the paper ballot system.
Primary Voting Feedback
Did you vote in the New Hampshire primary on September 13? The Disability Rights Center wants to hear about your voting experiences. Please take a few minutes to tell them about your experiences in the recent New Hampshire primary. They will use this information to work towards making voting more accessible for all New Hampshire citizens with disabilities.
Click here to take the survey.
DRC - NH on Standby to Help at the Polls
The following comes courtesy of Granite State Independent Living:
On Election Day, the Disability Rights Center of NH will be standing by to help anyone with a disability who is having trouble accessing the right to vote. If you experience any problems at the polls in the upcoming general election on Tuesday, November 8th - call them at 1-800-834-1721
If you are a US citizen and at least 18 years old, you have a right to:
Register on the same day you vote
Park in an accessible space at voter registration and polling locations
Have an accessible route from the parking space to an accessible entrance
Use an accessible voting booth
Vote privately and independently
Choose to receive assistance from a friend, family member, trusted staff member, or poll worker.
The person assisting you cannot try to influence your vote.
Request another ballot if you make a mistake when casting your vote. (You can turn in the original ballot and ask a poll worker for a new one.)
If you live in an institution, you are still entitled to vote unless that right has specifically been suspended or terminated by law due to felony incarceration or guardianship.
Most people with guardians still retain their right to vote.
Ask Presidential Candidates to Answer the AAPD Disability Questionnaire!
The following comes courtesy of the American Association of People with Disabilities:
We are pleased to share with you Secretary Clinton's response to the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), and the REV UP Campaign 2016 Presidential Candidate Questionnaire. We greatly appreciate Secretary Clinton's response.
The questionnaire was sent to all of the current presidential candidates on 20+ state ballots. To date, Secretary Clinton is the only candidate to respond.
Read Secretary's Clinton's Responses to the Questionnaire
We need YOUR HELP getting all of the campaigns to respond and complete the questionnaire - take action to help us make this happen!
Tweet Secretary Clinton to thank her for completing the survey:
@HillaryClinton thank you for completing the #REVUP Presidential Candidate Questionnaire on #disability issues!
Tweet the other candidates to encourage them to complete the questionnaire:
@DarrellCastle - @HillaryClinton completed the #REVUP Questionnaire for 35 mil voters w/ disabilities. Will you? https://goo.gl/C8jbUi
Are you ready to REV UP the Disability Vote?
The REV UP Campaign aims to increase the political power of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!
Visit our website to get registered to vote, find disability voting events in your area, learn more about your rights as a voter with a disability, and more!
Ask Presidential Candidates to Support the CRPD!
The following comes courtesy of the United States International Council on Disabilities:
With national elections coming up this November, USICD is asking candidates in open races for election to the U.S. Senate one question: what is their position on U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The CRPD is the first international agreement among countries to uphold and protect the human rights of people with disabilities.
We are maintaining a web page that shows the latest information on which Senate candidates say they support U.S. ratification of the CRPD, which candidates oppose ratification, and which candidates have not yet responded to our survey. Visit the page now to learn if the candidates for your state support the CRPD!
Have the candidates for your state not responded to USICD's question yet? Please help us collect answers from all candidates! Reach out to the campaign teams for the Senate candidates in your state and ask them to respond to USICD's question on whether they support U.S. ratification of the "Disability Treaty" (CRPD).
So far 166 countries have ratified the CRPD, but the U.S. has not yet joined them. The U.S. can only ratify an international treaty if a "super majority" two-thirds of the Senate votes in support of ratification. USICD's CRPD Education & Advocacy program is not possible without community support. Will you help us?