Why is Caucus Access so important?

People with disabilities have equal rights and access guaranteed under the Americans with Disabilities Act. These rights include the election process. Caucuses are an important tradition in Iowa, and all Iowans should be able to participate, regardless of disability status.

The #CaucusAccess Petition

The Iowa caucuses are FIRST in the nation, so shouldn’t they be the BEST in the nation?

This petition is a call for Iowans to support better access to the caucuses for their families, neighbors, and friends. There are real Iowans with disabilities who have trouble participating in one of our proudest political traditions. This petition will show parties and campaigns from both sides of the isle that #CaucusAccess is important to Iowa.

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In 2018, 14.3 million people with disabilities turned out to vote, which was an 8.5% increase from 2016. The disability voter block was also evenly split between the two major parties, which means that both sides of the isle should reach out to voters with disabilities. To do that, campaign events and materials must be accessible. 

Caucus Attendees

Before visiting your polling place on election day, you can take a few steps to ensure your experience goes smoothly. Starting in 2019, all voters will be required to present identification before casting a ballot at the polls. Bring your ID with you, and if you need assistance marking your ballot or with transportation, be sure to make arrangements ahead of time.  


Caucus Staff

An accessible caucus can benefit all attendees, not just those with disabilities. The universal design principle means that changes to benefit some, generally benefit all. Curb-cuts, for example, don’t only benefit people in wheelchairs, but also parents with baby strollers. Similarly, making accessible changes to your caucus can benefit all caucus goers. 

“It is Important for People With Disabilities to Caucus.”

Jim is a person with a disability from Polk County. He has attended the caucuses for years, but stopped recently because of increased difficulty for him and his wife Sharon as they get older. Despite this, Jim believes that it is important for people with disabilities...

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“He’s Caucusing because he’s an Iowan.”

Kyle Stumpf is a 29 year old caucus-goer from Dubuque county with an intellectual disability. Kyle and his father Bill had a chaotic experience when they caucused in 2016. Kyle's father expressed that a lot of the caucus staffers were condescending to Kyle, expressing...

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“Caucuses Should be Built for Everyone.”

Kyle Spading is a person with a disability from Fairfax, Iowa. He attended the 2016 caucuses, and shared his experience. "The caucus was hell," Kyle said of getting into the caucus room, "they led me through the back kitchen area." The caucus was overcrowded, and the...

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