Americas Aug 20, 2012
BELLEVILLE, IL: Deadlines for submitting new or updated voter registrations to vote in the November 6th, 2012 presidential election are fast approaching. Recognizing that the voting rate for citizens with disabilities has traditionally been lower than that for the general public, Allsup, a nationwide Social Security disability representation company, offers an online resource of voter information that is particularly important for persons with disabilities.
“Political participation is one of the core principles behind the American with Disabilities Act,” said Mark Perriello, CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities. “By voting, we ensure that our elected representatives will protect and expand opportunities for people with disabilities. Barriers to our exercising the right to vote undermine our democracy. Tools to ensure that no eligible voter is denied this right are essential.”
Vote.Allsup.com features state-by-state deadlines for absentee ballots, identification requirements for each state and links to local voting assistance agencies and resources.
Persons with disabilities are among those eligible to cast absentee ballots (along with individuals who will be out of the country and patients in veterans hospitals). Requests for absentee ballots and deadlines for returning them vary from state to state, so it is important to check individual state information, available at Vote.Allsup.com.
Voter ID legislation is pending in 32 states, including new voter ID proposals in 14 states, proposals to strengthen existing voter ID laws in 10 states, and bills in nine states to amend the new voter ID laws passed in 2011. Up-to-date voting identification requirements for each state are available at Vote.Allsup.com.
Some states, such as Alaska, offer disabled voter assistance. In addition, many nonprofit organizations offer voter assistance in their states. Vote.Allsup.com provides links to these agencies, organizations and resources by state.
Voting information, as well as other resources for individuals with disabilities, will be available at the Allsup True Help® Disability Web Expo, September 27, 2012. Register today at WebExpo.Allsup.com. For more information, visit http://www.Allsup.com