People with disabilities face challenges and barriers when voting and are often underrepresented at the polls. We have a unique opportunity to dramatically increase the disability vote in the upcoming November 3rd presidential election, as the state of California will be voting-by-mail. In May of this year, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-64-20, which, among other things, orders the November 3, 2020, General Election to be conducted as an all-mail ballot election. Accordingly, all registered voters in California will receive a vote-by-mail ballot in the mail prior to the election.
Voting-by-mail will make voting easier for people with many types of disabilities. Yet people with vision or dexterity disabilities may find the standard vote-by-mail ballot inaccessible. Fortunately, Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail (RAVBM) is now available in all California counties. RAVBM empowers people with vision or dexterity disabilities to vote privately and independently in the safety of their homes by using their own screen readers or adaptive technologies. To learn about RAVBM please read this fact sheet from Disability Rights California. The fact sheet is also available in Spanish.
To request RAVBM voters will need to contact their local county elections office, so if you think this is something that will help you or someone you know please contact your county elections office soon.
Visit DisabilityVoteCA.org for more information on accessible voting.