In the last presidential election, 35.4 million people with disabilities were eligible voters, according to Rutgers University. The St. Louis Arc wants to ensure that participants and their families have the information needed to vote in the 2020 elections.
Each year the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) coordinates the REV UP Campaign – Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power. During National Disability Voter Registration Week, July 13-17, the campaign aims to “increase the political power of people with disabilities by sharing resources and getting folks registered to vote”.
Mail-in Ballot Option
For the 2020 August and November general elections, Missouri is offering the option for registered voters to vote by mail. To request to vote by mail for the upcoming August primary, individuals will need to download and complete the mail-in ballot request form. Missouri law requires that requests for mail-in ballots be received by 5:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday prior to Election Day. For the August primary, the due date for the request is July 22. Requests should be dropped off or mailed to your local election authority.
Register to Vote for the November Election
The 2020 presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2020. To register to vote in the general election, the deadline to register to vote is October 7. The first step to voting in local, state, and national elections is to ensure you are registered to vote at your current address. You are able to look up your voter registration status online. If you are not registered to vote or need to update your voting address, you can do so online.
Requests for a mail-in or absentee ballot will be available on the Missouri Voting and Elections page beginning August 18. If you have requested a mail-in ballot for the August election, you will need to request an additional ballot for November.
The Missouri Voter Outreach Center can assist voters in gaining more information for upcoming elections. Voters can find their polling place, view election dates, view candidates and issues on their ballot, and view their current districts. If you have questions about voting, please contact Ann Mangelsdorf, Assistant Director of Family Support & Advocacy, at 314-817-2275.
People with disabilities need to be heard. Exercise your right. Vote.