Regardless of which candidate you support or which party you belong to, one thing we all agree on is that we need to make it easier for people to vote, especially those requiring extra assistance.
When you go to the polls tomorrow, make sure you know your RIGHTS and the accommodations that the law mandates be given to you. These voting rights were not just placed in our laps, they were fought for by leaders over many, many years. We owe it to them and to our children to be informed.
According to LAVote.net:
What does the law say? Three federal laws are of special importance to disabled and elderly voters:
- Voting Rights Act of 1965 - Any voter requiring assistance may receive it from a person of the voter's choice, other than the voter's employer or agent of that employer or officer or agent of the voter's union.
- Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Disabled Act, 1984 - Promotes the fundamental right to vote by requiring "access for elderly and handicapped individuals to registration facilities and polling places in federal elections."
- Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) - Requires public entities to provide auxiliary aids and services where necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in, and enjoy, the benefits of service, program or activity conducted by a public entity.
What is our goal? 100% participation of eligible voters in all elections, 100% polling accessibility, and options for all voters who seek independent and secret voting. In compliance with federal and state laws, we provide services to voters with disabilities including:
You can download the full Voting Guide here.
- accessible polling places wherever possible wheelchair accessible voting booths large type voting instructions and magnifying devices at polling places large ball voting stylus for grasping difficulties cassette tapes with state and county ballot measures absentee/vote-by-mail and permanent absentee/vote-by-mail voting options
- pollworker assistance at any steWendy Greuel has also put online a voting guide that you can take with you on your phone. It's very useful. Just what you would expect from our future Mayor.