Know Your Right to Vote

Elections matter!

10 TipsWhen you vote, you choose who you want to represent the disability community at every level of government.

2018 is a big election year. Many elections will happen at the federal, state, and local level.

Make sure you have the information you need to vote!

Start here!
Are you registered to vote? Make sure you are registered and that your registration is up-to-date.

Where do I go to vote?
Find your polling location.

Where can I get information about my state’s election laws?
Voting laws can be different in each state. Check out state-by-state information for the deadline to register to vote, early voting, and options to vote by mail.

What should I do if I think my right to vote is being violated?
Call the Election Protection hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE or 1-888-VeY-Vota! The Election Protection coalition makes sure that all voters can take part in the political process.

I have a guardian. Can I vote?
It depends on where you live. Self-Advocates becoming Empowered (SABE) has information about whether you can vote if you have a guardian. They also have a lot more information about voting as a person with a disability. The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law also has a fact sheet on restoring voting rights.

How do I find information about specific elections? has information about all upcoming elections.

For more state and local information reach out to your chapter of The Arc.

Know your rights; vote this year and in every year! #PwDsVOTE

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The Arc is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, that neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for elected office. As a 501(c)(3) we are prohibited from campaign interventions but are allowed to engage in a wide variety of nonpartisan election related activities including voter registration and education. The materials are intended to encourage civic participation and to provide information to our chapters so that they can engage in educational and related activities.