Friday, October 8, 2010

Why Vote!?

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Your vote is one simple way to be an MS Activist! Voting helps gain political power and enhances the influence of important constituencies. It has been generally noted that Americans with disabilities vote at a much lower rate than the rest of the population, but Americans living with disabilities turned out in record numbers to vote in 2008.

Make your voice heard. Know your Rights! Your right to vote is a fundamental right protected by state and federal law. 
  1. You cannot be denied the right to vote due to a disability. 
  2. You have the right to vote if you are in line before the polls close.
  3. You have the right to choose a person to assist you, but this person cannot be your employer or an agent of your employer or union.   
  4. You have the right to be reassigned before the election to a site more accessible.

Ways in which you can vote!
  1. Vote inside the polling place.
  2. Curbside voting. If you can get to the voting site but cannot get into the building because of your disability, a poll worker can come to your vehicle. 
  3. Absentee ballot by mail (Click HERE for more information)
  4. You can register and vote early at a One-Stop Absentee Site (Click HERE for more information)
  5. You may always vote a provisional or contested ballot if you have trouble voting. 

If you have trouble voting call your County Board of Elections or the NC State Board of Elections. You may also call Disability Rights NC for additional help and information.

Dates to Remember!
  • October 8th --- Last Day to Register through the Mail
  • October 14th – 30th -- One Stop Early Registration and Voting
  • November 2nd --- Election Day! Go VOTE!
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