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You have the right to vote from home!

 

First, you must be registered to vote. Once you have requested and received an absentee ballot, you are ready to vote from home.

 

Step 1: Be informed!

 
  • Get a sample ballot.

  • Learn about the candidates and what they have to say about disability issues and other issues important to you.

 

Step 2: Get two witnesses. (You only need one if your witness is a notary public.)

 
  • Your witnesses can be friends, family, or someone else you know.

  • 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 helps 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. Just about anyone can help you fill out your ballot, but ONLY YOU can decide who to vote for.

 

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 the envelope and add the date.

 

Step 6: Have your witnesses fill out the Witnesses’ Certification section.


Step 7: Return your ballot to your local County Board of Elections.

 
  • You can mail in your ballot, but you will have to use two postage stamps. Your ballot must be mailed (and postmarked) no later than Election Day.

  • You, your guardian, or a near-relative can return your ballot to your local County Board of Elections.

 

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Congratulations! You just voted!

If you think your rights were violated, report it.

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.

 

You can also make a tax-deductible donation to Disability Rights NC to help us keep fighting for the rights of people with disabilities!