Important Information for Disabled Voters

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Primaries in New York are quickly arriving, and now is not the time to let your vote go to waste. Going out to vote in the time of an international crisis is risky to many, especially disabled people and those at-risk for Covid-19. Below you will find important information on how to navigate voting from home and the absentee ballot.

How to apply for GENERAL the absentee ballot by June 16th:

Click here to download the form. It must be e-mailed, faxed, or mailed to the voting office of your local district, which can be found here.

Alternatively, you can fill it out online if you live in NYC here.

How to apply for the ACCESSIBLE absentee ballot by June 16th:

If you require the accessible ballot that is compatible with screen readers, you must DOWNLOAD it onto your computer from here and then fill it out. You can e-mail it to one of the addresses found here, based on your region of NY.

How to submit your vote by June 22nd:

The ballot will be sent to you, and likely over e-mail if you sent the accessible absentee ballot application. Unfortunately, you will not be able to e-mail in your vote. Instead, you will have to print it, sign it, and mail it to the address provided. You MUST have the ballot postmarked & in the mail on June 22nd the latest.

What will be on the ballot?

You can enter your address on this website (Ballotpedia.org) to see who will be on your ballot to be prepared beforehand.

What to do if you were e-mailed your ballot and don’t have access to a printer:

NY’s chapter of ADAPT is working diligently to make sure voting is accessible to those with disabilities, and we will be updating our community with resources for printing services across NYC and Long Island.

Currently, we are getting in contact with libraries, UPS stores, Staples, and other businesses to see where printing can be done safely, efficiently, and privately. I will update this post as we have gather more information, and we encourage you to reach out with any questions: longislandadapt@gmail.com

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