This presidential election is a bizarre one as our country deals with an unexpected pandemic. Because of the infamous COVID-19 and how dangerous the contagion is, most of the voting process has taken place home through in-mail voting. But, for us — people with disabilities — is this enough? While the good news is that voting is now accessible for many of us, a lot of the first-timers could be missing the outside help they could get through a counselor. But luckily, people with disabilities can get virtual help, so they can be ready to vote remotely.
One Vote Now is a resource website from the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities. Now rebooted with a fabulous (and accessible) makeover, One Vote Now introduces navigators to the voting process and where to begin. One Vote Now shows navigators to website REV UP, where they can register to vote if they haven’t yet. Afterward, One Vote Now tells you the methods to vote. What is great is that One Vote Now gives you the choice of how to vote. If you want to stay at home to vote, that’s great! But if you also want to vote in public, they also have a link with available polling locations. One Vote Now also lists the Election Protection Coalition’s phone number if the navigator needs help with anything in the voting process.
Though the primaries are ending, it is still not too late to register. The official presidential election is a few months away, so people still have time to vote. It is so important for people with disabilities to vote as it can determine their futures. Democratic candidate and former VP Joe Biden has posted his plans for citizens with disabilities. If someone with a disability likes his plans, they can vote for him. Or if they like President Donald Trump and are satisfied with his run so far, they can also vote for him. But, it’s not just the president of the United States — voters with disabilities are voting for their local government, which consists of people who will determine their local policies of education, health, finances and housing. They just need to read each candidate’s website and learn about what they believe in.
One Vote Now is a great place for any voter with a disability to begin their electoral journey. The website layout is simple and easy to navigate. The resources are official voting websites and One Vote Now will take you where you want to go. Their motto, “Everyone Should Be Included in Our Elections” speaks for itself and they truly believe what they’re saying. So, if you are a voter with a disability that needs help or if you know someone that needs help, One Vote Now is accessible, fresh, and ready to help you get your vote out!