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Monday, August 27, 2012


Please distribute far and wide info below on voters with mental disabilities have the Right to Vote.  Thanks.

VOTE Tuesday, November 6, 2012

People with Mental Disabilities 
have the right to vote! 

Everyone needs to vote this year, on November 6;  including voters with mental disabilities.  Voters with mental disabilities should know their rights.  Knowing one’s rights will help make sure her/his can vote.  Information below tells lawyers and poll workers where to find the laws that protect the voting rights of individuals with mental disabilities.

You do have the right to vote!

§  If you are a person with a mental disability and understand what it means to vote, Federal law guarantees your right to vote. 

The law that gives you that right:  
                      The Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12132; 
                       Doe v. Rowe, 156 F.Supp.2d 35 (D.Me.2001).

You have the right to get help from a person YOU choose 

§  If you can’t read or need help voting because of your disability, you can have someone help you vote.
§  You can bring a friend, family member or someone else you trust. 
§  You can also ask the poll worker to help you if you didn’t bring anyone with you.

The law that gives you that right:  
                       The Voting Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. §§1973aa-6; 
                       The Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12132

The law says EVERYONE gets to cast a ballot, so don’t leave without voting!

§  Even if someone says you cannot vote, the law says the poll worker must allow you to vote a Provisional Ballot.
§  Later, an election worker will determine whether you are qualified to vote. If you are, your vote will be counted.

The law that gives you that right:  
                         The Help America Vote Act, 42 U.S.C. § 15482

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