DRC works so people with disabilities can vote privately and independently. We train poll workers and people with disabilities about voting rights. We make sure poll places and voting machines are accessible. To learn more, keep reading.
DRC’s Voting Rights Unit advocates ensuring that voting is fully accessible for people with disabilities by educating government agencies about best practices and by educating voters with disabilities about their rights including options that allow them to vote privately and independently. DRC’s Voting Rights Unit provides outreach in the disability community with voting rights and civic participation trainings; advocates with government agencies to improve the voter registration process for people with disabilities; collaborates with election officials to improve accessibility of the voting process; runs an election day hotline to assist voters with election related complaints; tests accessible voting equipment; creates helpful publications for both voters with disabilities and election officials; trains poll workers on making voting accessible; and participates on disability-focused committees in numerous counties.
Are You Having Difficulty Voting Because of a Disability?
A VAAC or “Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee” works with county election offices. It helps the county improve access to voting. This pub tells you what VAACs do. It tells you how to get one set up and how to be a member.
People with mental health disabilities committed under certain categories cannot vote. Others can vote. This pub tells you who can vote and who cannot. It gives you the law. It tells you when you can get your right to vote back.
People who have conservators can vote unless a judge says they cannot. This pub tells you how to find out if a judge took away your right to vote. It tells you how to get the right to vote back. It tells you what to do if the judge will not give your right to vote back to you.
This publication tells you about laws that protect voters with disabilities. It tells you how to register to vote. It gives you information to help you vote and tells you what DRC can do to help you.
A VAAC or “Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee” works with county election offices. It helps the county improve access to voting. This pub is for county election offices. It is a toolkit about starting a VAAC. It gives them resources. It has advice for agendas and access to meetings.
If you get services from a regional center, this pub tells you about your right to register to vote. It tells you who can register to vote. It tells you how a regional center can help you.
California has a “top-two” or “open” primary election. The top two candidates that win the primary are the ones on the November ballot. It does not matter if they are from the same party. This very short pub tells you more about this type of primary.
This publication explains how a voter who cannot go out to vote because of a medical emergency, which does not allow them to leave their homes to go vote, or are in the hospital or other care facility. The process is slightly different in each county. In most counties, a voter experiencing a medical emergency needs a family member or friend to help them obtain and return their ballot.
This very short pub tells you when you need to show an ID to vote. You only need to show an ID at certain times. This pub tells you which ID you will need to show. If you do not want to show your ID, it tells you what will happen.
If you are in a facility, you may not know which ballot you should vote. Should you use the one from your home or the one where the facility is? This very short pub tells you the law so you can decide which ballot to use.