The Absentee Ballot Deadline You Need to know: Friday, October 23rd at 5:00 P.M. CST
Other Deadlines You Need to Know:
OCT 23 – Mail-in that ABSENTEE BALLOT (only 7 working days until election day!)
OCT 27 – LAST DAY to (officially) request an absentee ballot (But don't wait that long!)
OCT 29 – EARLY VOTING ENDS
NOV 3 – Election Day! (all ballots must be received by close of polls)
The disability community, or simply the term "disability," often conjurs images of wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, American Sign Language, and service dogs. While many folks that use those things are certainly part of our world (and we're proud to have them!) it includes a whole lot more.
Disabilities we can see are only a small fraction of the whole, with the majority being invisible to the naked eye. Disabilities we can't see include diagnoses like multiple sclerosis, breast cancer, dyslexia, arthritis, Alzheimer's, kidney disease, and many, many more.
So many more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates close to 1 in 3 Tennesseans meet the benchmark for having a disability. Collectively, that's close to 1.6 million of us, and almost four points higher than the national average. To say we're a force to be reckoned with, is an understatement. Collectively, Tennesseans with disabilties actually make up the single largest minority group in the Volunteer State. And we're proud to say, no matter your age or your diagnosis, we're in this together.
COVID-19 has complicated all aspects of our lives, especially those of us with disabilities. And voting is no exception. We've put together the following guidance for Tennesseans with disabilities to make informed decisions, and safely cast their ballot. Whether you plan to vote absentee, vote in-person, or just want to know your rights under the law; we want to be your 2020 election headquarters for all things related to voting with a disability in Tennessee.
We proudly partnered with member agency Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) to give you 5 Essentials for Voting Absentee in Tennessee. Brian Keller, Public Policy and Voting Attorney with DRT was kind enough to share his expertise with us, and put together a quick and informative video for those wanting to vote absentee in 2020. But you must do this ONE thing above all else.
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