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Advancing the Human & Civil Rights of People with Disabilities in Illinois

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Voting Rights

Ensuring accessible voting systems

We work with election authorities in Illinois and voters with disabilities to ensure that the entire voting process is accessible, from registration to early voting to ballot access.  We provide technical assistance to voters in requesting accommodations from election authorities and intervene directly with election authorities – on and before Election Day – to alert them to problems with accessibility.

Registering people with disabilities to vote

By serving as deputy registrars in counties throughout Illinois, we reach people with disabilities and help them register to vote.  We can also answer questions people with disabilities have about registration or voting, including absentee voting.  We have registered people with disabilities to vote in a variety of settings, including mental health hospitals, day treatment programs and high schools.

Advocating for accessible voting

We routinely help people with disabilities navigate the electoral process and assist in contacting election authorities to report and troubleshoot problems on Election Day and throughout the year.  We help people with disabilities understand their right to vote via educational materials developed by advocates and direct advocacy to help resolve problems they encounter.


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If you would like to request a voting rights training, a voter registration event, or need assistance with an accessible voting problem, contact:

Cheryl Jansen
cherylj2@equipforequality.org 
(217) 544-0464 ext. 6013


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Last updated: June 16, 2016

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