Welcome to Access the Vote NC, an initiative of Disability Rights North Carolina!
One in five people eligible to vote has a disability. To make sure they can vote, the Americans with Disabilities Act requires that voter registration and voting be accessible for people with disabilities. It also requires that poll workers assist voters with disabilities if they need help.
Your vote matters!
Who and what you vote for impacts your access to healthcare, education, transportation and much more. This site walks North Carolinians through every step of the voting process.
On this website you can:
- Find out if you are eligible to vote
- Learn what you need to do to register to vote
- Once registered, you can vote in person, from home, or from a residential facility.
Six steps to register to vote online
If you have a N.C. driver’s license or DMV-issued ID, you may now register to vote online.
1. Go to https://payments.ncdot.gov/
2. Click on Continue to myNCDMV Services
3. Click on Continue as Guest
4. Scroll to Voter Registration Application
5. Click on Submit a Voter Registration Application
6. Answer the questions (includes license/id number, social security number and date of birth)
Adapted from publication by NC Black Alliance
Disability Rights North Carolina partners on “Vote for Access”
Today, the whole country is grappling with how to hold safe elections, especially for voters most vulnerable to Covid-19. A recent poll found that two-thirds of the electorate favors the use of mail-in ballots. Meaningful change is going to take much more than mailing in ballots.
Disability Rights North Carolina is proud to partner with other P&As across the country on Vote for Access – a series of five short advocacy videos on the barriers that many disabled voters still face when trying to vote.
Each episode showcases a specific issue that directly impacts voters with disabilities: attitudinal barriers, access to information, access to the polls, access to alternative voting options, and voter suppression. Host, Imani Barbarin, introduces considerations that often aren’t included in conversations about voting rights. Imani is joined by 16 guests from around the country who speak to their experiences as voters, poll workers, and researchers who can help us understand a better way to ensure equality at the polls.
Vote for Access looks at why so many votes from disabled citizens go uncounted, and how to fix that. The series, which launched on April 29, found that if Americans with disabilities voted at the same rate as non-disabled Americans, more than 2 million more votes would be cast. This series talks to voters across the country, including in North Carolina, to explain why—and what they are doing to change that.
Access the Vote NC is an initiative of Disability Rights North Carolina
DRNC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works to defend the rights of people with disabilities in North Carolina. To learn more about DRNC, or to support our work, please visit our website.