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Voting tips for people with developmental disabilities
Discover accessible voting locations.
Individuals with disabilities who prefer to vote in-person should learn about their local voting location ahead of time. The state of Michigan offers a number of accessible registration facilities that provide proper exterior and interior accommodations, adequate lighting, seated polling boxes, Voter Assist Terminals and more. If you or someone you know needs special access to the polls, call the clerk's office ahead of time to make sure your voting site is free of obstructions. If your precinct is not accessible, you’ll be directed to a different accessible site.
Learn about at-home voting.
Whether there is a lack of time, desire or means to get to a voting location, there is another convenient way to ensure voting is possible. Registered voters can call or go online to request an absentee ballot at home; no reason needed. Applications for absentee voting open 75 days before the election, and the ballot can be submitted until 8 p.m. on election day. Ballots can be returned through mail or dropped off. Remember to account for any delays when mailing.
Do research before arriving.
Voting can sometimes be a new or nerve-wracking process. To better prepare for the upcoming election, take a look at sample ballots online and consider who to vote for ahead of time. It’s easy to view your local ballot and see who is on the ticket for the upcoming election, and doing so can reduce emotional, physical or mental stress on election day.
Report accessibility issues.
Voting should be a safe, easy and straightforward process for everyone. If you or someone you know encounters accessibility issues at the polls or when applying for an absentee ballot, it’s important they are fixed promptly. Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE to report these problems. Share the location and specific precinct so the voting process can be improved.
Make a plan and make it early.
The best way to prepare for an election is to make a plan. Individuals with disabilities should talk to the family members or guardians who will help them cast their votes. Then, contact the local county clerk to register, request an absentee ballot or to get help with other voting needs. Finally, be sure to check all registration information is accurate and complete to avoid surprises on election day.
Learn more about accessible voting options in Michigan and how to make a plan at www.MichiganVoting.org.