In the middle of this public health emergency, D.C. and Maryland will be holding primaries on June 2, and just a little later, on June 16, D.C. will hold a special election in Ward 2. Voters are being encouraged to vote by mail – see https://www.dcboe.org/ for information on voting in D.C. For those people who are receiving residential supports in D.C., I hope that provider agencies are getting the word to DSPs to provide direct assistance to people who want to vote.
Some additional materials that may be helpful:
- This flyer from Disability Rights DC tells you everything you need to know about voting by mail or in person on June 2 (link is to my Google Drive and is safe): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Frw7NUO2POm_guQ9yl8PifGmROAuDXhN/view?usp=sharing
- Project ACTION! has also shared these documents: DC request for absentee ballot (https://www.dcboe.org/Data-Resources-Forms/Forms-and-Resources/AbsenteeBallotRequestForm.aspx) and the DC voter registration form for those who have not yet registered: https://dcboe.org/VoterRegistrationForm. For those voting in Maryland, Phyllis Holton has shared this: “Maryland is mailing out Absentee ballots to all registered Maryland residents…if you haven’t received one yet it should arrive this weekend. If not,…I’ll try to help you get yours.” You can reach Phyllis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For those of you on Facebook, here are some nice resources from a new initiative, “We Vote Remote:” https://www.facebook.com/VoteRemote/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXbJh3DhaJU
I just wrote about the fact that the disability community hasn’t been well represented in covid-19 handling and post-pandemic planning. The best way to be heard is to VOTE! So let’s do it!