Learning about Clinton Gode and what he’s done for disabled adults with guardians in the state of Arizona got me thinking about voting rights here in Texas.
Do people with disabilities lose their right to vote once they are appointed a guardian?
What about people who want to vote but are not physically or cognitively able to fill out a ballot without assistance?
When I went to the voting booths on Tuesday, I read up on some of the literature they had posted.
Here’s what I learned about adults with disabilities IN THE STATE OF TEXAS:
1. When a guardian is appointed for a person with a physical or cognitive disability they retain their voting rights unless the judge specifically revokes them.
2. Alternative voting methods are available for people with disabilities:
– Curbside voting – an election official can bring you a ballot as you wait in your car and then he will take the ballot from you when you are finished.
– Mail-in ballots – You may apply for a ballot that you fill out and return to the early voting clerk in your vicinity.
3. When voting you have the right to assistance from any person you choose if you cannot read or understand the on-screen directions at the voting booth.
4. All polling stations must meet strict accessibility standards.
Thank you, Disability Rights Texas, for proving this information and making sure all of us have the right to vote.
For more information on rights for people with disabilities in the state of Texas, including voting rights, housing, accessibility, civil rights, transportation, education and healthcare, please visit http://www.disabilityrightstx.org/.
- UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (timesofmalta.com)
- Hidden Disability and Voting Options (abledis.com)
- A Man, a Chromosome and a Vote (wordsofhisheart.wordpress.com)
- Voting Rights Denied To People With Disabilities (pattidudek.typepad.com)
- The Disability Rights Legal Center Honors Civil Rights Advocates at Annual Franklin D. Roosevelt Dinner (prweb.com)