The concept of “One Person, One Vote” is central to the ideal of democracy in the United States. However, people with disabilities are historically underrepresented among voters. One Vote Now was created to encourage, facilitate, and empower people with disabilities and those who support them, to vote!
One Vote Now is a partner project of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) – the national voice of the 56 State and Territorial Councils on Developmental Disabilities; the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) – a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities; the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) – one of the nation’s largest disability rights organizations; RespectAbility – an organization founded to correct and prevent the current disparity of justice for people with disabilities; and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) – which works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by guarding against abuse; advocating for basic rights; and ensuring accountability in health care, education, employment, housing, transportation, and within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
One Vote Now was founded to help all people with disabilities understand their rights as voters. One Vote Now seeks to improve the voting representation of people with disabilities by encouraging voter registration and providing information about voting opportunities and resources on polling place accessibility. One Vote Now also seeks to help provide information and education so that more people with disabilities will run for public office.
For more information, please visit www.onevotenow.org