You have the right to vote from a facility!
For 2017, each county has it's own election schedule.
The majority of elections will occur on November 7, but your county may also have elections on September 12 and/or October 10.
It's finally time to vote.
Step 1: Be informed!
Learn about the candidates and what they have to say about disability issues.
Click on the link and input your information to get a sample ballot.
Step 2: Get TWO witnesses. (You only need one if your witness is a notary public)
Your witnesses can be friends, family, fellow residents at your facility, or members of a MAT team (who are volunteers from your local County Board of Elections). Click on the link to schedule MAT team members to be your witnesses by contacting your local County Board of Elections.
These witnesses will have to be in your "presence" while you fill out your ballot, but they are required by law to "respect the secrecy of the ballot and [your] privacy" while you fill out your ballot, unless you want their help.
Someone who helping you fill out your ballot can also be one of your witnesses.
Step 3: Fill out your ballot.
Fill it out yourself or ask someone you trust to help you if it would be helpful! Anyone other than facility staff can help you fill out your ballot, but ONLY YOU can decide who to vote for!
MAT teams can help you fill out your ballot. Click on the link to schedule a MAT team to help you fill out your ballot. However, MAT team members are not qualified to decide whether or not you have the capacity to vote! If a MAT team member won't let you vote, click on the link to report it!
Step 4: Seal the ballot in the return envelope that came with your ballot
Step 5: Complete the Absentee Application and Certificate on the back of the envelope
Make sure you sign your ballot return envelope!
- If someone helped you fill out your ballot, they also need to sign and date it.
Step 6: Have your witnesses fill out the Witnesses’ Certification section.
Step 7: Send it in!
If you are working with a MAT team, they can return your ballot for you! Otherwise, you will have to figure out the correct postage for mailing in your ballot.
But you're not done! The best way to protect your rights is to stay engaged.
Visit Disability Rights NC's website to learn more about becoming a self-advocate.