Inclusion in society for people with disabilities also means a right to participation in political and public life. This includes the right to vote. With that in mind, we thought it important to share the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities’ pointers to make sure that everyone’s experience at the polls goes as smoothly as possible. Visit the MN-CCD website for more information.
Be prepared in advance
- To locate your polling place, refer to Sec. of State Pollfinder Website
- If you aren’t sure if you are registered to vote already, refer to Voter Status website
- If you live in the Twin Cities and need a free ride to the polls, call Courage Center at 1-855-507-4337 or click on their website for more information
- If you aren’t familiar with automatic voting machines, called AutoMARK, the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office created a helpful video of this voter assistance tool in action
Problem-solving on Election day
The Minnesota Disability Law Center suggests that you bring the following list with you when you head to the polls.
- To fix a problem at the polls, before you leave the polling place:
- Talk to the head election judge, and if they can’t fix it, ask them to contact a county or city election official. If that doesn’t work,
- Contact the Minnesota Disability Law Center Voter Hotline at 612-334-5970 or 1-800-292-4150 or TDD/TTY: 612-332-4668
- Email: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or
- Contact Election Protection at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)
- File a written complaint at your polling place.
- Put you under oath and have you swear to tell the truth;
- Ask you whether you are under a court ordered guardianship where the court took away your right to vote;
- If you answer that you are eligible to vote, you MUST be allowed to vote.