With only a few days before the midterm elections, it is time for persons with disabilities to be engaged and exercise their fundamental right to vote. Regardless of your affiliation, it is your active involvement in this process that is critical as a citizen. With the recent report released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one in four persons between the ages of 18 to 64 have a disability, with higher rates for those over 65. Many of these individuals, young and old, also experience mobility limitations.
As a voter with a disability, there is too much at stake. Your engagement at the polls will be vital in order to maintain the social progress achieved over these last few decades.
The next session of Congress will address critical issues facing the country and persons with disabilities. From the enforcement of the physical accessibility provisions of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) to internet accessibility requirements, it is your vote that will help decide whether or not our nation moves forward towards equal access and opportunity for all.
A large portion of political debate will likely determine the operations of social programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. These health care programs are essential to the support needs of persons with disabilities. Medicaid alone supports thousands of individuals in New Hampshire to live in their communities and ensure quality of life. These and many other issues will significantly impact the lives of person with disabilities and their families, from education policy to transportation and everything in between.
People with disabilities have too often been unable to cast their votes, due to inaccessibility and discriminatory voting practices. However, there are resources to help you understand your rights and options at the polls. Be sure to check out these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn more about common obstacles and solutions.
Your voice matters. Sustained progress begins with people like you exercising their fundamental right to be part of the process. Let your voice be heard on Tuesday, November 6th.