Your vote is your voice – Be heard!
Do you have questions about your rights as a voter with a disability? Are you looking for information on where the candidates stand on disability issues?
The following is a list of resources that may be helpful to you. We have provided the name of the organization, a link to the organization's website, and a brief description of what they do. Please visit each website to learn more about the organization.
Do you have a resource you would like to add to our list? Email your suggestion to us.
Ohio Secretary of State
What they do: The Ohio Secretary of State is responsible for elections and voting in the state of Ohio. Visit their website to learn about:
- How to register to vote
- Voting absentee
- Accessible voting locations
- Accessible voting equipment
- Assistance at the voting location
- Curbside voting
- Publications, Resources & Frequently Asked Questions
Contact information: You can contact the Ohio Secretary of State by completing the ADA Coordinator's Online Form.
Disability Rights Ohio
What they do: Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) is Ohio’s federally designated protection and advocacy system for Ohioans with disabilities. DRO is also mandated by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to advocate for the rights of Ohio voters with disabilities and to assist the Secretary of State in fulfilling the Secretary's obligations to those voters under the federal law. Through this program, DRO:
- educates individuals, communities, poll workers and boards of election about the voting rights of people with disabilities;
- monitors and investigates complaints about polling place accessibility and privacy;
- collaborates with other voting rights advocates for systemic change for people with disabilities;
- participates in the implementation of provisions of the Help America Vote Act affecting people with disabilities; and
- assists and represents individual voters in state-based administrative grievance processes.
Disability Rights Ohio provides assistance through its online publications, such as DRO's Voting Rights - Frequently Asked Questions, and by contacting its Intake Department. On Election Day, DRO usually has a voter hotline available during the polling hours.
Contact information: 614-466-7264 or 1-800-282-9181 (Toll free in Ohio only); TTY: 614-728-2553 or 1-800-858-3542 (Toll free in Ohio only)
What they do: Election Protection is a national, nonpartisan coalition created to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. It is made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners that work together to provide assistance to the rights of voters with disabilities. Their website provides comprehensive voting information. They also offer a year-round hotline to answer questions.
Contact information: Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Power of the Disability Vote
What they do: This is a blog post written by Shari Cooper of the Goodwill – Easter Seals of Miami Valley Ohio. Shari brings attention to the importance of candidates to recognize the power of the number of people who vote who have a disability.
Contact information: Comments can be posted on Shari's blog page: The Power of the Disability Vote.
The Respectability Report
What they do: The RespectAbility Report is a nonpartisan political commentary on the 2016 U.S. elections with a focus on disability issues. The RespectAbility Report does not endorse candidates. Instead, it provides information and breaking news about all candidates in regard to disability-related issues. You can subscribe to their blog posts, email, follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to their email list.
Contact information: Complete the Respectability Report Online Contact Form.
U.S. Department of Justice
What they do: The Justice Department’s Voting Section enforces the civil provisions of the federal laws that protect the right to vote, including the Voting Rights Act, the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, the National Voter Registration Act, the Help America Vote Act and the Civil Rights Act. They offer several resources on their website, including The Americans with Disabilities Act and Other Federal Laws Protecting the Rights of Voters with Disabilities.
Contact information: Call 1-800-253-3931 or 202-307-2767; email email@example.com; or complete an Online Complaint Form