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Voting & People with Disabilities

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In the 2000 election 27 million Americans with disabilities did not vote ...

Were you one of them?

  • You can’t vote if you’re not registered. If you are unsure of your registration status contact your home county election office.
  • People with disabilities register to vote at a rate 16% lower than the general voting age population and vote at a 10-20% lower rate than voters without disabilities.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER VOTING LAWS

  • All polling places must be accessible to voters with disabilities on the day of an election • either by permanent or temporary means. This right in state law was granted when Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed SB 166 into law earlier this year (KSA 25-2710).
  • Voters with disabilities may use whatever method they normally use to sign their name • and obtain assistance in completing a ballot from the person of their choice.
  • Voters with disabilities may choose to use “curb side” voting to accommodate a • disability. However, poll workers can not require anyone to vote at the curbside.
  • Registered voters with disabilities may choose to vote at their polling place (which • must be accessible) or may choose to vote in the PRIVACY OF THEIR OWN HOME by Permanent Advance Ballot. It’s your choice! You can register to vote and apply for Permanent Advance Ballot at the same time.

Discrimination is Prohibited

Federal Law prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in the voting process. Regardless of whether you vote at a polling place, or by advance ballot, you have the right to access your polling place.

Report Discrimination:

If a Kansan with a disability experiences a violation of their legal right to vote, please contact the Disability Rights Center of Kansas (DRC) at 1-877-776-1541 (voice), 1-877-335-3725 (TDD). DRC provides legal advocacy for disability rights. A Kansan with a disability can also call DRC if they believe their rights as a person with a disability under federal or state law have been violated.

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