This Tuesday, November 2, 2021, elections are being held nationwide for many state and local officials. As you head to the polls, here is some information about access and issues for individuals with disabilities:
Ensuring Access to Voting: The League of Women Voters and its chapters throughout the country work to safeguard access to voting for people with disabilities. League members help ensure that the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are implemented by serving as volunteer poll watchers. The League also holds voter registration drives at locations around the nation and disseminates voter education and information materials, working with VOTE411.org. Find out more about How the League Helps Ensure Voting Access for Americans with Disabilities. To learn about activities or locate a League in your area, Find a league here.
Seeking Public Comments on Recommendations for Promoting Access to Voting: You can have a say in the future of voting access by responding to a request from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST is seeking public comments on the “Draft of Promoting Access to Voting: Recommendations for Addressing Barriers to Private and Independent Voting for People with Disabilities.” They are looking for input from persons with disabilities, disability advocacy groups, assistive technology vendors and professionals, and other constituents. The deadline for comments is 5 pm ET on November 22, 2021. For more information on the request, read NIST Seeks Public Comment on Recommendations for Promoting Access to Voting for People with Disabilities.