View this email in your browser
July 2018
July 16-20 is National Disability Voter Registration week & we have all your voting resources right here!
VOTE! It's Your Right.

As a voter with a disability, you have the right to: 
  • Vote privately and independently
  • Have an accessible polling place with voting machines for voters with disabilities
  • Wheelchair-accessible voting booths
  • Entrances and doorways that are at least 32 inches wide
  • Handrails on all stairs
  • Voting equipment that is accessible to voters who are blind or who have low vision
  • Bring your service animal with you into your polling place
  • Seek assistance from workers at the polling place who have been trained to use the accessible voting machine
  • Bring someone to help you vote (including a friend, family member, caregiver, assisted living provider, or almost anyone else, but not your employer or union representative).
Call Pathfinder 
By Karen Mevis

CALLER: Hi, I turned 18 back in March and my high school gave me the form to apply for a voter registration card, so I’m now registered to vote.  I know we have an election coming up and I’m excited to vote for the first time, but I’m kind of lost. I know about the bigger races and primaries – I know who I’m going to vote for for governor and I looked up the persons running for Congress, but how do I find out who is running in my county? I live in Oak Ridge and I don’t want to just randomly pick a candidate to vote for. I want to know enough to know who gets my vote. Do you have any tips? For Pathfinder's Response, READ MORE >> 
Disability Voter Stats
The disability community has enormous potential to make an impact voting! Here's the current data on voters with disabiliites:
  • In 2016, there were 62.7 million eligible voters who either have a disability or have a household member with a disability, more than one-fourth (25%) of the total electorate.
  • People with disabilities accounted for approximately one sixth (16.67%) of eligible voters in the 2016 election, totaling 35.4 million people in all.
  • If people with disabilities voted at the same rate as people without disabilities ... there would be about 2.2 million more voters. (Lisa Schur and Douglas Kruse, Rutgers University)
  • The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) observed polling place accessibility at 178 polling places during the 2016 election. They found:
    • Of the 178 polling places, 60% (107) had one or more potential impediments.
    • Of the 137 where GAO was able to fully examine voting stations inside the polling place, 65% (89) had a voting station with an accessible voting system that could impede the casting of a private and independent vote.
Call us with questions!


For Multilingual Services:
(615) 875-5083
Important Dates:

July 13-28 Early Voting for the Aug. 2 Election

July 16-20 National Disability Voter Registration Week

Aug. 2  Election Day: Federal & State Primary Elections, County General Elections

Oct. 9 Last Day to Register to Vote for the Nov. 6 Election

Oct. 17 - Nov. 1 Early Voting for Nov. 6 Election

Nov. 6 Federal & State General Elections 
2018 REVUP Voter Issues Guide
The Arc Voter Support Service
File an Election Day Complaint
Helping Tennessee Vote (A Poll Worker's Guide)
2018 REVUP Election Accessibility Toolkit
Disability Rights Tennessee (Protection & Advocacy Agency)
Get Registered!

1.  Find out if you're registered to vote. Visit: TN Voter Registration Lookup. If you're registered,great! If not...

2. You can register online using the TN Online Voter Registration System.

3. Register by mail. Complete the Voter Registration Application & mail to your county election commission, OR

4. Register in person during transaction with any of the following TN agencies: Dept of Health (WIC program), Dept of Human Services
Dept of Safety (motor vehicles division), Dept of Veteran’s Affairs.
 Request Election Day Assistance: 
Call 888-Ve-Y-Vota (888-839-8682) for bilingual English and Spanish assistance.
Call 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) for assistance in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, or Tagalog.
Call #YallaVote (844-418-1682) for bilingual English and Arabic assistance.
Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE with questions or concerns!
This project is partially funded under grant contracts with the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

Copyright © *2018* *Tennessee Disability Pathfinder*, All rights reserved., 

Our mailing address is:
Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
1211 21st Ave. S, Suite 539
Nashville, TN 37212

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Tennessee Disability Pathfinder · Vanderbilt University Medical Center · Nashville, TN 37212 · USA