Voting

Patricia holding sign: I am registered to vote, are you? Voting

Issues:

The U.S. Census Bureau describes that there are 54 million Americans with disabilities, most of voting age. Since the passing of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) in 2002, there have been great advances in the accessibility of voting for people with physical, perceptual, communicative and cognitive disabilities. Still, for many with disabilities, the voting process is technically challenging, socially uncomfortable and time consuming. 

The introduction of Voter Identification laws to protect elections have also introduced a challenge for many people who have limited resources and access to transportation. 

Published in January 2014, "The American Voting Experience," a report and recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration finds that not everyone with the legal right to vote is able to exercise it. In addition to polling places that were easily identified as inaccessible, concerns around the accessibility of electronic voting equipment were listed. Some of their recommendations include training for pollworkers and and auditing system to ensure that they are able to implement what they learn. Read the pdf of the report at: https://www.supportthevoter.gov/files/2014/01/Amer-Voting-Exper-final-draft-01-09-14-508.pdf

Current Efforts:

The TN Disability Coalition is currently in our third year as part of the Research Alliance for Accessible Voting (RAAV). See our page at: www.tndisability.org/raav. 

The Disability Law and Advocacy Center of Tennessee, a member organization, runs a VOTE! project that includes information on voters with disabilities for pollworkers. See more at: http://www.dlactn.org/vote.html

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Tennessee Disability Coalition

The Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals who have joined to promote the full and equal participation of men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. We work together to advocate for public policy that ensures self-determination, independence, empowerment, and inclusion for people with disabilities in areas such as accessibility, education, healthcare, housing, and voting rights.

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