Voting: How Sweet It Is

If you’r elooking for voting resources, check out our page about voting which includes information for voters who have disabilities and people who are assisting voters who have disabilities.

Vote on May 18 and taste the freedom.

It’s voting season here in Oregon, the vote by mail state.  Ballots must be received by May 18 in order to be counted.

DRO encourages all Oregonians – and especially Oregonians with disabilities – to fully participate in this election and in our governmental systems.  Voting is a precious right for all citizens and a particularly hard-won right for people with disabilities.

To help make voting easier, DRO works with the League of Women Voters and other groups to produce a Nonpartisan Easy Voting Guide for most elections.

You can download the Guide from the DRO web site or from www.VoteSource.org.  It’s free!

Why should you vote?  Because elected officials make important decisions about how the government collects and spends money.  Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Vocational Rehabilitation, Community Mental Health Services, Developmental Disability Services, Senior and Disabled Services, Schools, Police, Courts are all funded by the government.  This is your chance to have a say in how they operate.

How should you vote?  That, of course, is up to you.  Some people vote for candidates who they think will help them the most.  Some people vote based on principles that might not help them personally.  Some think government can effectively address social problems; some disagree.  But in order to have your voice heard, you must vote.

If you are a person who has been denied the right to vote by inaccessible voting sites, by family members or facility operators who think you should not be participate, by lack of transportation, or by lack of understandable or readable voting materials, you may particularly enjoy filling out your ballot.  There is nothing like a taste of freedom.

Oregon’s Secretary of State Brown predicted today that only 37% of registered voters will cast a ballot in this election.  Maybe Oregonians with disabilities should be reminding their friends and neighbors “how sweet it is” to vote.

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