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Gearing Up for 2017: An Update from the NCIL Voting Rights Subcommittee

It is time to begin working on increasing the disability vote in state and local elections taking place all over the country in 2017. As advocates, it is crucial to be informed. Find out when your next state and/or local election is taking place. Ballotpedia, an encyclopedia on American politics produced by the Lucy Burns Institute, lists each state and specifies where and when elections are scheduled in 2017, as well as what those elections will be deciding.

Everyone is encouraged to visit their state’s Secretary of State website to find dates of upcoming state-level elections and sample ballots as these dates approach. These sites will also provide information like where and when early voting can be done, and what the state requires regarding voting accessibility.

The disability community has a tough fight ahead to preserve rights gained over the past few decades, and electing people with disabilities to local and state positions is a great way to start!

More and more states are putting voter information on their websites, including sample ballots. Ask if your state’s website and sample ballots are accessible and let us know by contacting Jim Dickson at

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