Connecticut Video Urges People with Disabilities to Vote
by Andy Jones
October 25, 2016
Watch the new video, released October 13, which urges people with disabilities in Connecticut to make their voices heard in the upcoming presidential election.
The video, above, titled "We Have a Voice," features 10 people with disabilities, each of whom are planning to vote on November 8.
“Voting is not only a right, but a responsibility. For every person who does not vote, our democracy is weakened; for every person who does, it gets stronger,” the Office for Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, wrote on its website.
The Office’s website includes an extensive list of pamphlets and voting rights guides for people with disabilities, as well as a separate page of information for registrars of voters.
"The law requires that every registered voter have an opportunity to vote independently and in privacy at a polling place, regardless of disability," Gretchen Knauff, of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, told FOX 61. "This video reminds individuals with disabilities all across our state that their voting rights are no different than other citizens, and we urge them to exercise their civic responsibility, and vote."
You can read more information on the efforts by the National Disability Rights Network to protect voting rights for people with disabilities, and you can help #CripTheVote, by watching and sharing voting videos by Rooted in Rights, a project of Disability Rights Washington.
The Office for Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities and Disability Rights Washington are the designated protection and advocacy agencies in Connecticut and Washington, respectively, and are members of the National Disability Rights Network.