Voting is a right and a responsibility. When you vote you help decide important policy questions and elect officials who will make important decisions to govern your community. Where do your local candidates stand on issues that impact the disability community like access to transportation and health care?
Federal and state law encourages all polling places be physically accessible. Every polling place is required to have accessible voting equipment. All voting machines should have the proper equipment to help you vote privately and independently.
In Tennessee, you can register online, by mail, or in person. To register online or download the application, visit https://ovr.govote.tn.gov/
To find your local election information visit: https://sos.tn.gov/products/elections/2021-election-calendar
Know Your Voting Rights
Here is a quick guide to know your voting rights. Five important points include that if you need help to vote, you do not have to explain why.
Check out our new Voting with a Disability video series!
The Importance of Voting
The Tennessee disability community is 1.6 million strong, and there I power in that number! Check out the first video in our new "Voting with a Disability" series to learn more about power we have at the ballot box when we vote.
How to Register to Vote in Tennessee
Getting registered to vote is the first step in getting your ballot in the ballot box and having your voice heard. So let's make sure Tennesseans with disabilities are registered to vote! Check your voter registration status at: sos.tn.gov/elections
You can have help when you vote!
Did you know you can bring someone with you to help you vote? It’s your right as a voter! So, bring someone with you or ask a poll worker to help you vote.
How to Vote Using an Absentee Ballot
The November 8th General Election is fast approaching, so it’s important to know the different ways you can vote. One way to cast your ballot is by absentee voting. Watch Jeff break down how absentee voting works in Tennessee, who qualifies, and how you can find out more information.
Why People with Disabilities Should Vote
Self-advocate Sharnae Smith shares why she is voting in Tennessee and why you should join her! Early Voting starts next week. Make a plan and get your vote out!
Know Your Voting Rights
With the November 8th Midterm Election quickly approaching, we're breaking down your voting rights as a voter with a disability in Tennessee.
Voter Registration is for Everybody
A disability is not a reason you can't vote...but forgetting to register is. Check out our video in partnership with Tennessee Secretary of State on resources to help you register to vote. Libraries are a great place to go for help. Special thanks to Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library for the acting skills of their wonderful librarians!
Make Accessible Elections for Tennessee Voters
The Tennessee Disability Coalition partnered with the Tennessee Secretary of State and Disability Rights Tennessee to develop a brief video demonstrating an accessible polling place and voting process for Tennesseans with all types of disabilities. This video is a resource for election officials, pollworkers, and the disability community. There are over one million people in Tennessee living with a disability and when we arrive on Election Day to vote, we want what every other voter wants- the ability to cast our ballot privately and independently.