Voter Presentation at Sixth Annual African American Conference on Disabilities
Arizona team presents at the 6th Annual African American Conference on Disabilities on February 17, 2017, Phoenix, Arizona.
On February 17, 2017, ABILITY360 and Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) hosted the 6th Annual African American Conference on Disabilities. Its purpose is to reach out to the African American population to provide information and resources to a community that often underutilizes services designed to improve their quality of life.
To improve the ability of people to exercise their right to vote, Arizona self advocates from Southwest Institute for Families and Children (SWI) and Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) Bill Lucero, Katie Griffith, Jolene De Tiege, and Teresa Moorepresented information on the voting process in Arizona. Information included: who can vote, where to register to vote, how to research on candidates and issues, where to vote, how to vote, and what a voter can do if something happens that prevents them from voting.
The session was well received. Members from the audience included youth, self advocates and representatives from Maricopa County. Maricopa County displayed the voting machines to show how to use them. Anyone can use the voting machine; just ask for it when you check in to vote.
Self advocates were proud to share their information on voting and that the audience learned about what they can do if poll workers say they cannot vote. Teresa Moore shared 2010 and 2016 voting statistics that included people with disabilities interested in learning about candidates and issues that affect their lives. The audience also learned about what a provisional ballot is and how to ask for it. One thing the presenters stress is NEVER TO LEAVE THE POLLING SITE WITHOUT CASTING YOUR VOTE! If you voted in November 2016, and would like to share your experience please complete this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016VoterExperienceSurvey before February 28, 2017.