#AutismVotes: Vote on Tuesday, November 6th

November 5, 2018

The 2018 midterm election will be held on Tuesday, November 6th.

While 2018 is not a presidential election year, there are many federal, state, and local races. These include, but are not limited to:

Voting is a fundamental quality of our democracy.

It is a way to express views and help ensure that government develops and implements good policies. It is vital that people with autism and their loved ones vote in the upcoming midterm election.

Important federal civil rights laws were enacted to combat forms of discrimination and protect every American’s right to vote.

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Voting Rights Act of 1965, Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act of 1984, Help America Vote Act among other laws all protect the right to vote of people with disabilities.

You have a right to vote if you are

  • 18 years old or older
  • A United States citizen
  • Not in jail or on parole or probation for an indictable offense

Voting laws can be different in each state. For example, your eligibility to vote if you have a guardian depends on where you live.

Check your state-specific eligibility and identification requirements.


Preparing to Vote

Make sure you are registered to vote.

Request a sample ballot via your state’s election site.

Learn about the candidates and the issues. The news, town meetings, and the web are all tools for educating yourself.


How to Vote...

At your Polling Place

Everyone has an assigned place to vote called a polling place. To vote in person, you must vote at your assigned polling place which may be at a library, school, fire station, church, local store or private building.

States have different voter ID requirements so check what type (if any) identification document is needed to vote in your state.

Some states allow early voting at polling sites in the days or weeks leading up to election day. See if and when early voting takes place in your state.

By Mail

Every state has absentee voting.

Check your state’s election site to determine if you qualify to vote by mail.

To vote by mail, you must complete and return your ‘Vote by Mail Application’ by your state’s deadline.

You will receive your ‘'Vote by Mail Ballot’ (absentee ballot) prior to the election. You must complete and return your completed ballot before the polls close on Election Day.


Voting & Accessibility

The ADA requires that public entities ensure people with disabilities can access and use their voting facilities. This includes features such as:

  • Wheelchair-accessible voting booths
  • Entrances and doorways at least 32 inches wide
  • Handrails on all stairs
  • Voting equipment for people who are blind or visually impaired
  • Allowing service animals to accompany the individual into the polling place

People with disabilities have a right to reasonable accommodations that make it possible for them to vote.

Examples of additional accommodations include chairs to sit in if waiting in line to vote is difficult or assisted listening equipment.

If you need help voting, you may also seek help from poll workers or bring someone to help you vote.

You can ask up to two people to help you vote, including family, friends, poll workers or someone else of your choosing. Election staff and volunteers receive training so they can appropriately assist in the voting process.

If you need help using the voting machine, you can also vote orally. Voting orally is when you tell your choice to an assistant who will input your answers into the voting machine.

Contact your election office for additional information.


To report complaints of possible violations of the federal voting rights laws, visit www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/misc/contact.php

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