Jul 15, 2019

Make your voice heard

July 15-19 is National Disability Voter Registration Week, a national, nonpartisan effort to increase the political participation of people with disabilities.

"Voting is a way your voice can be heard and can allow you to be independent while making choices that concern your life," said Diana Mairose, an HCDDS advocacy adviser and voting rights advocate. Below she shares a few tips and reminders for voters with disabilities.

  • You can vote if you are registered and at least 18 years old by Election Day. To vote in this November's election, you need to register by Oct. 7, which is 30 days before the general election.
  • If you have a guardian, you may still vote.
  • If you vote in person, you must have an ID or information with your name and current address listed, such as a bank statement, paycheck or utility bill.
  • If transportation is difficult, you may also vote at home using an absentee ballot. You can then mail your ballot back to the Board of Elections or drop it off in person. More information about absentee ballots is on the Board of Elections website or by calling (513) 632-7039.
  • You may have someone to help you vote at the polls or at home.
  • Ohio offers early voting, which means you can vote by mail or during set hours at the Board of Elections, 4700 Smith Road in Norwood. On Election Day, Ohio polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Another resource is the Ohio Secretary of State's website. You can also call (877) 767-6446 for information.

National Disability Voter Registration Week is coordinated nationally by the American Association of People with Disabilities. Rev Up! focuses on voter registration, education, and engagement.
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