The Vote! Project believes that more people with developmental disabilities would vote if they had help. The Vote! Project teaches the importance of voting and ways to make it easier.
Most people with developmental disabilities do not vote, even though voting can make an impact on the services and supports we receive through a regional center. This is usually because of reasons that are misguided or even wrong. The Vote! Project gives us important information about voting that is correct and easy to understand.
The Vote! Project uses peer-to-peer training in our presentations. Presenters are knowledgeable about voting and are able to present their information in a fun and exciting way.
The Vote! Project can present their free 45 minute presentation to any agency that serves people with developmental disabilities. Audience members are offered the chance to register to vote at the end of each presentation. Our presentation gives basic information about voting such as who can vote and a short history of voting rights. We also ask the question, “Why don’t you vote”? The audience will learn things like how to research what will be voted on, where to go for help, and how to make voting easier overall.
Voting is an important way for American citizens to help shape the world they live in. For people with disabilities and their circle of support, voting can be one way to keep our services in place.
• American citizens that are over 18 and not on prison or on parole may vote
• California assumes you are capable of voting, disabled or not
• In California only a judge has the right to say you can’t vote, even if you are conserved
• Out of 595 adults with developmental disabilities surveyed by Far Northern Regional Center, only 105 were registered to vote
• When the Watch Out! Newsletter conducted a similar survey, most people said they would vote if they had help. The Vote! Project offers that help.
VOTER INFORMATION MEETINGS
Voter Information Meetings will be offered before major elections to help people understand the candidates and issues on the ballot. The Teams will give a free presentation at the libraries in Chico and Redding. This is an excellent way to learn about who is running for office and the different measures or propositions that will be on the upcoming ballot. The Team will show you HOW to vote, without telling you who or what to vote for, which allows each person to make their own educated decisions. The dates for the next Voter Information Meetings have been set!
Redding– October 12th from 10:15-12:15.
Chico– October 24th from 10:15-12:15.