I work the Election Board, in the US. Make sure that you do execute your right to vote. Whoever gets in office is going to be dealing with our benefits as disabled people. You may not like the candidates. Voting is advocating for yourself for the things and groups that you believe in. When you get out there and vote, you are not only making the statement for your rights, but for the disabled Americans across the border. The General Election in all 50 States is on November 5th this year. This is a big one every year. For some of the Eastern States, such as NJ this year, it's the gubernatorial one. In 2016, this is the Presidential one. Anytime that it is not Presidential, the General Election is to elect state, county and borough officials as their terms are coming up.
All the voting districts are supposed to have the wheelchair accessible signs posted where you can see them, outside the building, on Election Day. They are also suppose have a rug on the ramp for wheelchair users, placed there in a safe position. That door is supposed to be posted open so that you can roll right in. That's the law and the ADA overseas them.
The voter’s bill of rights and the ballot are supposed to be posted on the wall in that district, low enough for wheelchair users to see them, in case you need them. The Election Broad workers are there to assist you as you need them. Don't be afraid to ask for help. If you need your aides, you can bring them with you to help you in the voting booth. In some of the States, we have the helpers going into the booth, sign so that there are no problems. Even if those helpers are Board workers, we still have to sign.
Lastly, the most important things are the wheelchair accessible machines. As far as I know, all the districts have them. They are supposed to supply them, whether it is the same one that everyone uses or separate ones. Ours is adjustable for wheelchair users. This is all backed by the ADA laws. If you don't know if your district has them on not, please call this week and check. If for any reason you could not get out there, ask them to send you a mail-in ballot this week, so that you can vote.
Don't forget to vote. All comments are welcomed.
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