You have the right to vote from home!
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.
Now that you got your ballot in the mail, 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, 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 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. 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 and date it.
Step 6: Have your witnesses fill out the Witnesses’ Certification section.
Step 7: Send it in.
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 the election day.
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.