2016 Presidential Election – What is Disability Rights Iowa Doing
Disability Rights Iowa has three main goals this election season:
1. Encourage voter registration for all Iowans with a focus on Iowans with disabilities and/or mental illness;
2. Inclusion of the perspective of Iowans with disabilities and mental illness in the 2016 Presidential Election.
3. Increased awareness of issues and policies that affect Iowans with disabilities and/or mental illness.
Iowa Voter Resources
- Iowans with Disabilities in Action
- Iowa Association of Counties Voting in Iowa Video Series
- ACLU Iowa – Election 2016 Know Your Rights
- Iowa Long Term Care Ombudsman Voting Materials
- Iowa Council of the United Blind voting-is-for-everyone-voting-guide
Call the Secretary of State’s office at 1-888-SOS-VOTE or go to their webpage at sos.iowa.gov for a county auditors directory, to learn how to register to vote, information on absentee ballots, curbside voting, satellite voting or to find your polling place.
Campus Outreach Projects
One way we are working to achieve our goals is this election thru collaboration on voting outreach projects with Iowa’s colleges and universities.
Disability Rights Iowa (DRI) believes students and faculty at our colleges and university know their campuses and communities best. DRI will be working with Iowa Colleges and Universities on Campus Projects to increase voter registration among students with disabilities and/or mental illness and increase awareness of issues and polices that affect Iowans with disabilities and/or mental illness.
Disability Rights Iowa is excited to be working on collaborative projects at:
National Voter Resources and Information:
Nonprofit VOTE – Nonprofit VOTE partners with America’s nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote. One of the largest source of nonpartisan resources to help nonprofits integrate voter engagement into their ongoing activities and services.
“Access Denied – Barriers to Online Voter Registration for Citizens with Disabilities” , A 2015 Report by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Disability Rights Iowa Voter Rights Factsheets
Accommodations at the Polling Place
Assistance if Unable to Access the Polling Place
Different Ways to Vote in Iowa
Iowans With Disabilities Voter Eligibility and Rights
Voter Registration in Iowa
Voting and Guardianships
2016 Iowa Caucus Follow Up – What is Disability Rights Iowa Doing
Disability Rights Iowa is committed to making the Iowa caucuses as accessible as possible to all Iowans.
2016 IOWA CAUCUS UPDATE
Disability Rights Iowa continues to explore ways to improve our Iowa caucuses. Disability Rights Iowa and other stakeholders will be meeting with both the Republican and Democratic parties in the near future to discuss these issues.
The Iowa state Democratic party has appointed a committee to review the 2016 caucuses and recommend changes. We’ve attached a link to their “feedback form” for individuals to report any problems or issues that they had with the caucuses. It is especially important for as many people as possible to respond to this and complete the form. We need to get our concerns and priorities known to this committee in order to effect real change. The more people that we can get involved means a louder and stronger voice in the “change” process.
While the state Republican party has not set up any formal committee, their responses to Disability Rights Iowa indicate that they, too, are willing to listen to potential changes.
Accessibility and reasonable accommodation issues will continue to be items that we will strive to improve. We will update the disability community as this process moves forward.
If you would like to share your experiences at the Iowa Caucus please take our 2016 Iowa Caucus Experience Survey here.