Voting Assistance for People with Disabilities
New Orleans, LA- The Advocacy Center has assisted hundreds of voters with disabilities to participate in the election process since opening its Voting Hot Line last week. Most frequent calls have centered on where to vote, whether people with disabilities can go to the head of the line, how to get assistance in voting and related issues.
Trained Advocacy Center staff will be available to answer calls until the polls close at 8 p.m. tonight. The hotline will also be available during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, for the rest of the week in order for people to report problems they had in the voting process.
On October 26, 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which, among other things, seeks to secure election access for a wide range of individuals with disabilities – including, but not limited to, individuals with mental, sensory, and physical disabilities – pursuant to Congress' broad mandate to "ensure the full participation in the electoral process for individuals with disabilities, including registering to vote, casting a vote, and accessing polling places."
"Twelve percent of the voting-aged population has one or more disabilities. The Advocacy Center wants to insure that this potentially powerful voting block has full access to the voting process, as promised by the U.S. Constitution and the Help America Vote Act," according to Lois Simpson, Executive Director of the Advocacy Center.
Call 1-800-960-7705 for help with this important issue.