-Ron Harris, Disability Rights Project Specialist
disABILITY LINK is committed to GET OUT THE VOTE for the disability community in Georgia – several studies have shown that 25% of those of us with disabilities choose not to vote in any election…regardless of party affiliations or political persuasions. Even at this early date, it is hard to deny that the political environment in this country is heating up. No matter what your party affiliation, no one can deny that the personalities and issues in recent memory have hardly been more opposed and intensely debated than in this upcoming presidential election.
It has been said that all politics is local – let’s examine that idea for a moment. Aside from the issues and the candidates that are up for election this election year, your choice for President, and his or her party to run the country for the next four years, will affect every aspect of local life in one way or another, through the action or inaction of the executive branch of our government – all decisions from the White House will affect your house.
The one great advantage to think about getting out to vote in the coming year is that there is plenty of time to eliminate all excuses for not voting – let‘s begin eliminating the excuse, “I don’t know where to start” – the Secretary of State of Georgia has an excellent web site that will answer any question you may have and has a handy app. to register on line or to update information that has changed for you since the last time you voted – that web site is www.sos.ga.gov – well that wasn’t so bad!
Let’s try to tackle another excuse, “I don’t know where my voting district is located and where do I vote on Election Day?” – call 888 868 3762, this number is for VOTESMART.ORG and is set up to answer that question for voters.
So there you have it, some of the “Who, What, Where, When, and How” of voting – if you have any further questions you can contact me, Ron Harris directly at disABILITY LINK at 404 687 8890 x108 – and thanks!