From the Kokomo Tribune - Letters to the Editor, Oct. 30, 2020
Among the surge of Hoosiers voting early or those planning to go to the polls for the 2020 General Election are thousands of voters with disabilities. Voters with disabilities make up about one-sixth of the nation’s electorate according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
The disability community has a lot to say about healthcare, the economy and other key issues. Despite the risks that COVID-19 brings to the upcoming election, individuals with disabilities at New Hope of Indiana and across the country are finding ways to vote safely.
At New Hope, individuals were encouraged to vote early by mail. For some people, voting in-person at the polls is more important. Just as any voter should, our friends with disabilities should know their rights as a voter.
As a voter with a disability, you have the right to:
At the polls, you may:
Ensure your right to accessible elections. For more information, contact the U.S. Election Assistance Commission by phone at 866-747-1471 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a complaint about your Indiana polling place’s accessibility, you can call the Hoosier Voter Hotline to report the issue. The toll free number is 866-IN1-VOTE (866-461-8683).
Those with disabilities can, and should, make their voices as loud as those of any other Indiana voters during this important election.
Allison Wharry, CEO, New Hope of Indiana