Voting started yesterday -
DRO is providing resources for voters with disabilities to cast their ballots
Ballots were mailed out recently for the November 8 election. Oregonians will receive their ballots and be able to vote the upcoming general election. As the Protection and Advocacy System for Oregon, Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) is dedicated to ensuring that every single eligible Oregonian votes, including all voters with disabilities. Here are DRO’s resources for voters looking for more information and help on voting issues.
Easy Voting Guide
In partnership with the Secretary of State’s Elections Division, DRO has produced an Easy Voting Guide for statewide races and ballot measures. Candidates submitted their own statements in plain English, and there are summaries on the arguments for and against ballot measures. The EVG is available at local libraries and DRO has distributed it to advocates and disability service providers across the state. The EVG is available for reading online at easyvotingguide.org, in accessible PDF, or to order copies by calling 888-339-VOTE (888-339-8683).
Alternate Format Ballot
All Oregonians have the right to vote privately and independently at home, thanks to Oregon’s vote by mail system. What if a voter can’t read or fill out a paper ballot on their own? The elections division offers accommodations to all Oregonians with disabilities. Everyone has a right to vote, with or without assistance, in their own home. Watch DRO’s new video about this, featuring Mary Lee Turner and Rachel Simpson using the Alternate Format Ballot for the first time to vote in total privacy. (The video is audio described and closed captioned.)
DRO has launched a Voter Hotline at 888-339-VOTE (888-339-8683). Any voter who has a disability can call about a voting problem. DRO can:
- Get in touch with the Elections Office
- Get answers to your voting questions
- File a complaint
Voter resources in other languages
Multnomah County has published a guide to registering to vote and voting by mail in English and nine other languages: Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Somali, Japanese, Korean and Tagalog.
Graphics and article information provided by Disabilities Rights Oregon. Learn more about DRO's mission and services for people with disabilities on its website.