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Napoleon once said of China, "It is a sleeping dragon; let it sleep, for when it wakes the world will tremble."

I feel the opposite about the enormous potential power of the disability community.I want everyone to realize the immense strength our numbers mean.

And don't forget curbside voting!!!

There are ways for the disabled to vote, no matter what-- do it today!

Napoleon once called China a sleeping dragon—“let it sleep, for when it wakes, the world will tremble.”

I feel the reverse about the disability community—I want everyone to realize our power.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, "Nearly one in five people in the U.S. have a disability."

This includes people like my son, Roman Reed, paralyzed 17 years from a college football accident. It might include you, or someone you love.

This is an enormous bloc of voters, increasingly politicized -- in 2008 they voted at roughly the same percentage as able-bodied folks -- and they generally vote Democratic.

A massive disability turnout could easily decide this election.

But will people with disabilities actually turn out and vote? Do they know their rights, what assistance is available to them?

Do you?

If not, please check out the following from

Voting information for People with Disabilities

Your Right to Vote
If you are a person with a disability and understand what it means to vote, Federal law guarantees you the right to vote in an accessible way. This right is held by people with hearing, visual, intellectual, psychiatric, mobility, speech and other disabilities.

Sample Ballot

Before voting, learn what candidates and issues are on the ballot in your area. Visit [1] for a convenient feature that gives you personalized voter information after entering your mailing address.

Polling Place
Learn the location and hours of the polling place assigned to you. [1] Make a plan for how to get there. Go with a friend to share the experience.

Early Voting
Many states have some polling places open before Election Day. Find out when and where early voting is available in your area. Visit [2] and take advantage of the opportunity to vote before the crowd on November 6.

Voter ID
All states require an individual to be a U.S. citizen in order to vote. Each state requires its residents to provide some form of identification. Each state selects the form of ID it deems acceptable. Bring multiple forms of identification with you to your polling place. This could include a voter registration card, driver's license, other government ID, or at least a utility bill that confirms your name and address. The more forms of ID you bring, the better.

States requiring government-issued photo ID:
Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Tennessee

States where photo ID law is blocked but we must still prepare:
Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania

Personal Assistance
If you need help voting because of your disability, you can have someone help you vote. You can bring a friend, family member, or another person you trust. You can also ask a poll worker for help.

Curbside Voting
If a polling place is physically inaccessible to you, you can request curbside voting. You would come close to the building, and a poll worker would bring you the ballot.

Mobile Polling
If you live in a nursing home, assisted living community, or other long-term care residence, ask whether mobile polling is available. Poll workers would come to your location with ballots for the people there.

Provisional Ballot
If a poll worker says you are ineligible to vote, you still have a right to a provisional ballot. Later, an election worker will determine whether you are eligible. If so, your vote will be counted.

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  •  must they be certified disabled (1+ / 0-)
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    and have a disabled sticker on the car in order to getting curbside service? I have a family member who is recently incapacitated and she is afraid to go vote having heard there is at least an hour long wait.

    •  Good question. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm unsure about whether or not a physically disabled voter must prove they are, truly, physically disabled.

      When I was an election judge in Chicago, we took the voter's word for it...99.99999% of the time, the physical disability is obvious.

      However, since friends and family members often drive disabled relatives to the polls (and elsewhere), and wouldn't necessarily have a handicap sticker for their own cars, I'm willing to bet the answer to [that] question is "no."

      "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

      by Marjmar on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:58:30 AM PST

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  •  My developmentally disabled son (2+ / 0-)
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    Wendy Slammo, O Wabi Sabi

    voted in his first election this year, by absentee ballot, as I don't think he can operate the voting machines here. YAY!

  •  Every election is about us! (1+ / 0-)
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    Wendy Slammo

    They talk about us. Some don't think much of us, some do. The funny thing about all of them is they never talk to Us.

    I vote, my polling place is in a crumbling Elementary school in a deep red southern state. The door into the room is to narrow for my wheelchair. The only way through is to transfer from my chair into a chair inside the door, then drag my WC through, then transfer back.

    Sure I could vote early or absentee, but where is the fun in that when I get to see the faces of the cranky old white men behind me who feel like I am impinging on their right to vote quickly. And especially the one immediately behind who just realized I cancelled his vote. HA

    Anyway, if they could just maybe vote to raise taxes just a smidgen maybe the door could be made wider.

  •  My disabled neighbor and friend (1+ / 0-)
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    O Wabi Sabi

    just called me because she wasn't sure where to go to vote so I used the Obama campaign handy tool online and got the address for her right away (I early voted last week at a different site).  She is having her aide help her get showered and ready and then she is going to take her walker/chair and go.  We already learned a pollworker can do the line waiting for her while she sits.  She and her disabled son desperately need the healthcare ACA has provided and if Republicans win and she has more benefits cut from her she won't be my neighbor any more because she will lose her home.  This election is so important for families with disabilities!

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