Voting


As the number of people with disabilities increases, so should voter turnout of people with disabilities. There is power in numbers. According to the US Census Bureau, 54 million Americans have a disability. That represents approximately 20%, or, 1 out of every 5 Americans.  Think about what a huge impact could be made in regard to Local, State, and Federal government, policies, and services if every one of those 54 million people let their opinions and choices be known through The Power of the Disability Vote! In fact of all the minority groups this is the largest of them all, yet historically voting at a lower rate than the other groups.  Access issues are slowly improving as voting officials make the polls more accessible and offer disability awareness training to the judges.  People with disabilities have to keep reporting any problems to keep this process going.

Why vote?

  • Voting empowers you. When you vote, you are making your opinion known, as well as shaping government and policies that may be important to you, your friends, your family, your community, your state, and your country.
  • Voting impacts what and how issues are addressed. When people with similar interests or concerns organize as a unified community, AND VOTE, public officials are more likely to pay attention and respond. Organized groups of voters are also more likely to have easier and frequent access to their elected officials. Elected officials know who votes. If your community is turning out to vote well above other groups, elected officials will pay more attention, make more appearances, and make more appeals to your issues.
  • Voters determine who runs for office. Wouldn’t it be nice if candidates were people who share similar experiences, backgrounds, and maybe even disabilities as you? People are far more likely to run for public office if they know that there is a high voter turnout among those who share their views. Are there any major issues at stake in your life (healthcare, education, employment, transportation, taxes)? Wouldn’t you like to know that your elected public officials personally relate to issues that are important to you?
  • Voting is a positive civic action and connection to your community, and other people with disabilities. What you think might be good for you, might be of benefit to others as well.
  • If you as a person with a disability have run into voting access issues, the process is getting more and more accessible and if you do run into difficulties there are people who want to help straighten that out in the county clerks office and if that fails there are voting hotlines listed below.   You have a right to vote.

According to the US Census Bureau, 54 million Americans have a disability. That represents approximately 20%, or, 1 out of every 5 Americans.  Think about what a huge impact could be made in regard to Local, State, and Federal government, policies, and services if every one of those 54 million people let their opinions and choices be known through The Power of the Disability Vote!

Register to vote at PACE!

Whether you have never registered to vote in Illinois, or you just need to change your address, PACE can help! Please call to schedule an appointment.

What are the Voter Registration requirements?

  • Must be a US citizen;
  • Must be at least 18 years of age by Election Day;
  • Must have been a resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.

What forms of identification may be needed when I register to vote?

Two forms of identification are required showing your name, one must show your permanent residence, such as:

  • Illinois driver’s license
  • hunting or fishing license
  • library card
  • student identification
  • copy of a lease or rent receipt showing your address
  • any piece of mail delivered to you at your residence.  (If you receive mail at a PO Box, please include this information with your street address.)

ADVOCACY
Get involved in advocacy efforts and alerts by joining PACE’s Legislative Tree!
We pass on to our advocates action alerts and important disability related information. You have the chance to contact your legislators before important votes that impact people who have disabilities are made.

HOTLINES FOR VOTER ACCESS CONCERNS IN ILLINOIS

In Champaign County, contact:    Champaign County Clerk, 217/384-3720,
In Douglas County, contact:          Douglas County Clerk, 217/253-2411
In Edgar County, contact:               Edgar County Clerk, 217/466-7433
In Piatt County, contact:                 Piatt County Clerk, 217/762-9487
City of Danville, contact:                 Danville Election Commission, 217/554-1930
In Vermilion County, contact:        Vermilion County Clerk, 217/554-1900

Equip for Equality Voting Rights Project:
(800) 537-2632
(800) 610-2779 (TTY)

VOTER LINKS
www.elections.il.gov  – Illinois State Board of Elections
http://www.elections.il.gov/districtlocator/districtofficialsearchbyaddress.aspx
– District Officials Locator on IL State Board of Elections website
www.vote411.org

www.866ourvote.org

www.smartvoter.org

www.votesmart.org

www.aapd.com – American Association of People with Disabilities

People with disabilities have often experienced  access difficulties at the polls and sometimes that inhibits a person from going back to vote again. We can’t let that happen.  People with disabilities make up the largest minority, yet the voting record is lower than other minorities.  Advocates have referred to this phenomenon as the “Sleeping Giant”.  Can you imagine the power available to people who have disabilities to influence legislation and accessibility if we would all vote?  Many county clerks are working to improve the access in their polls. DVDs and videos are available to them to train their election judges in how to access the polling place for people who have disabilities.   PACE worked with our local county clerk to make this 7 minute training video/DVD  and we have sold it across the country.  It is important you let your county clerk know if you are having difficulty and you may want to send them a link to this video.  It is a basic right to vote.

 

To order a copy of the complete video online, please click on the desired option below.

Bulk Rates:

1 to 9 copies

$125.00 each

10 to 19 copies

$110.00 each

20 to 29 copies

$95.00 each

30 to 39 copies

$80.00 each

40 to 49 copies

$65.00 each

50 + copies

$50.00 each

You can also click on the download link, fill out the form and send with a check made payable to PACE, Inc.

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