Get Off Your Duff: Political Volunteering With a Disability

By Abe Munder: For More Info, Go Here…

Tired of feeling frustrated, I wanted to get involved. There’s big stuff going on — 23 candidates in the Democratic primary race and more each time I edit this article — and I didn’t want it all to pass me by. I began poking around my rural area 70 miles north of Houston, looking for ways a quadriplegic with multiple sclerosis could participate from a wheelchair. Hopefully my journey will give you ideas for how to get involved where you live.

The Easiest Step

Linda Cohn, president of the League of Women Voters of the Houston Area, said everything starts with getting registered. “You have to be registered if you want to vote,” she says, “and voting is the most important way to participate in the system that determines everyday life. When you’re driving to work in the morning and you’re in a traffic jam, maybe the system can be tweaked to improve the traffic, and the people who make these decisions will be the ones who will be voted for in November.”

Cohn timed it and said the Texas registration form takes 29 seconds to fill out. “The voter registration form is so easy, trust me,” she says. “It is the easiest government form you will fill out.” Find the registration form you need through your state’s website.

This simple act could bring massive results. In 2016 Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each notched just over 27% of all voting-age Americans’ votes. Now compare that to the 43% who didn’t register. It’s President Not-Registered, by a landslide!

Additionally, voters with disabilities are among those at risk for losing their rights to the restrictive voting policies being passed in states like mine. In Louisiana, officials in one parish — that’s what they call counties — closed 21 polling places by claiming they could not be made accessible. It pays to be vigilant.

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