Resources on the Voting and the ADA
New Resource: The Right to Vote and Access for People with Disabilities
From the Great Lakes ADA Center: As the 2018 mid-term election approaches, the question asked by people with disabilities will not be "Who won" but rather "WAS I ABLE TO CAST A BALLOT?" This session featured Michelle Bishop, Voting Rights Specialist for the National Disability Rights Network, who discussed the status of accessibility of the voting process for people with disabilities. She provided information on laws applying to voting including the requirements of the ADA and Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and what steps folks can take if barriers are encountered on Election Day.
Go to Archive: https://www.accessibilityonline.org/ADA-Audio/session/?id=110690
Indiana Secretary of State
The Indiana Secretary of State maintains the IndianaVoters.com website where you can view your ballot, find your polling place, and other tasks. (You could also contact your County Clerk.)
Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities
The Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities booklet, Your Vote is Your Voice: A Guide to Voting for Hoosiers with Disabilities is available in PDF and other formats on their website. (Or call their office, (317) 232-7770, for the booklet in print.)
Indiana Disability Rights
Do you have a question about your voting rights? Or did you have a problem with accessibility when you went to vote? Contact Indiana Disability Rights to find out more about your rights and the complaint process. You might also be interested in looking at their Hoosiers Vote webpage.
Indiana Disability Rights has released several brief videos on voting on their YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2nAqidRiPfQa53Yaf9qeCg
- Accessibility Education Series for Poll Workers, includes brief videos (a little over 3 minutes) "How to Make Your Polls Accessible" and "How to Assist People with Disabilities at the Polls"
Voting and the ADA
The U.S. Department of Justice has released several technical assistance documents around voting as part of their outreach and enforcement around Title II of the ADA.These documents would be very helpful for county
- DOJ Publication: The Americans with Disabilities Act and Other Federal Laws: Protecting the Rights of Voters with Disabilities (available as PDF for printing)
- DOJ Publication: Solutions for Five Common ADA Access Problems at Polling Places (available as PDF for Printing)
- ADA Checklist for Polling Places [Updated for Election 2016]
Free ADA Help
If you have a question about your rights or obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, call the Great Lakes ADA Center: