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Making the Right to Vote More Accessible for those with Developmental Disabilities

News for 10.17.18
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Making the Right to Vote More Accessible for Those with

Developmental Disabilities

Everyone’s Voice Matters

By Bryan Neider, CEO, Gatepath

The thought of more than 150,000 Californians with developmental disabilities using their voice to vote on election day is inspiring!   At Gatepath, we believe part of our mission is to ensure that those we serve understand their voting rights and advocate for equal participation in the election process.

This year we are proud to join the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) in raising awareness in the disability community on the value of participating in the political process through voter education and promoting accessibility at polling locations.

“REV UP: Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power” is a non-partisan campaign to promote the turnout of voters with disabilities across the country, eliminate barriers in voting, and engage candidates and the media on disability issues. The AAPD website has valuable educational resources and tools that make it easier for those with disabilities to understand the ballot initiatives and candidate options.

For those in San Mateo County, it’s important to be aware that the voting procedure this year have changed.  The County is now mailing ballots to all registered voters to encourage voters to complete the ballot at home and return it to a drop box location.  San Mateo County was one of two counties in the state to implement the California Voters Choice Act, which allows registered voters three ways to return their ballot:

1. Mail the ballot;

2. Drop the ballot in a secure county ballot drop box; or

3. Visit any vote center in the county.

Please join us in ensuring all Americans have the opportunity to vote this year.  Every voice counts!

The deadline to register to vote is Monday, October 22, 2018. Click HERE to register to vote online or ask a friend to help. Let’s get out the vote!