Why is Voter Access so important?
People with disabilities have equal rights and access guaranteed under the Americans with Disabilities Act. These rights include the election process. Elections are an important part of the electoral process, and all Iowans should be able to participate, regardless of disability status.
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.
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 with transportation or marking your ballot, be sure to make arrangements ahead of time.
An accessible polling place 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 polling place can benefit all voters.