Voter Resources

All Elections are important, Disability Rights Iowa encourages participation in elections big and small,with the following goals:

  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;
  3. Increased awareness of issues and policies that affect Iowans with disabilities and/or mental illness;
  4. Ensuring voting is accessible to all Iowans.

 

Iowa Voter Resources

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 , find your polling place, information on accessible voting machines and more.

Here is a simple survey to help you determine if you polling place is accessible:

Polling Place Accessibility Survey Printable

Disability Rights Iowa Guide to Etiquette for Poll Workers

National Voter Resources and Information:

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission

U.S. Department of Justice Updated ADA Checklist for Polling Places

Bazelon Center

It’s Your Right. A Guide to the Voting Rights of People with Mental Disabilities (Updated 10/10/2018)

  • A newly-updated voting rights guide for people with mental disabilities that lists key legal principles, provides information about state laws and practices that limit the voting rights of people with mental disabilities, and offers tools to help people with disabilities preserve or restore their voting rights. With the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, National Disability Rights Network, and Schulte, Roth & Zabel.


It’s Your Right. A Know-Your-Rights Guide for Voters with Mental Disabilities and Advocates
 (Updated 10/10/2018)

  • A consumer-friendly version of our voting rights guide intended for people with mental disabilities and their non-lawyer advocates. With the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, National Disability Rights Network, and Schulte, Roth & Zabel.

Balletpedia –  Resource for sample ballot and candidate information

turbovote.org

Votesmart.org

League of Women Voters

Vote411 – Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, VOTE411.org is a “one-stop-shop” for election related 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.

 

 

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.  In Fall 2017 Disability Rights Iowa meet with both the Republican and Democratic party chairs to continue discussion aimed at making the Iowa caucuses more accessible.

If you would like to share your experiences at the Iowa Caucus please take our 2016 Iowa Caucus Experience Survey here.

Guide to Iowa Caucuses

U.S. Department of Justice Updated ADA Checklist for Polling Places

Caucus Accessibility Checklist