Election Day Monitoring

DisAbility Rights Idaho Needs Your Help! Election Day Monitoring Each election season, DisAbility Rights Idaho monitors polling places throughout the state to ensure that they are accessible to all Idahoans. However, the geographical diversity of our state makes it difficult to monitor every polling location. How you can Help We have created a digital survey that lets you assess your polling place for accessibility issues when you go to vote! Click this link: Polling Place Survey and you will be taken directly to the survey! Once completed, it will automatically be sent to us. We will also be operating our … Continue reading Election Day Monitoring

2022 primary Election Information

Click here to download a PDF containing 2022 Primary Election information. DisAbility Rights Idaho (DRI) is a private, non-profit organization that is designated as Idaho’s Protection and Advocacy System. Funding authorized by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) allows DRI to ensure that voters with disabilities have the opportunity to participate in every step of the electoral process. Inside This Issue Page 2 – Voting Options & Deadlines Page 3 – Voting Rights Page 4- Addressing Barriers Voter Hotline Information Transportation Resources Page 5 – COVID-19 Safety Tips DRI Contact Information DRI ELECTION DAY HOTLINE: 1-866-262-3462 Click here to download … Continue reading 2022 primary Election Information

Comments on SB1376, Absentee Ballots

Click Here to Download a PDF Version of these Comments RE: SB1376, Absentee Ballots DisAbility Rights Idaho is the designated Protection and Advocacy system for the State of Idaho. As such, DRI advocates for and educates on the rights of Idahoans with disabilities. We have reviewed proposed bill SB1376; a bill which would prohibit and criminalize the delivery of another person’s absentee ballot outside of certain exceptions. We would like take this opportunity to address the effects changes in this bill would have on the lives of eligible Idaho voters who have disabilities and require assistance in completing their fundamental … Continue reading Comments on SB1376, Absentee Ballots

Comments on SB1375

Click Here to Download a PDF Version of these Comments RE: SB1375 DisAbility Rights Idaho is the designated Protection and Advocacy system for the State of Idaho. As such, DRI advocates for the rights of Idahoans with Disabilities and would like to provide education on how proposed legislation will affect the lives of Idahoans with disabilities. DRI has reviewed SB1375 and the changes to voter registration, absentee registration and voting. DRI would like take this opportunity to provide comments on the effects changes in this bill would have on the rights of eligible Idaho voters with disabilities. Such strict limitations … Continue reading Comments on SB1375

Comments on HB693, Prohibition of Drop Boxes

Click Here to Download a PDF Version of these Comments RE: HB693, Prohibition of Drop Boxes DisAbility Rights Idaho is the designated Protection and Advocacy system for the State of Idaho. As such, DRI advocates for and educates on the rights of Idahoans with Disabilities. We have reviewed the proposed bill HB693; a bill which would prohibit drop boxes for the collection of absentee ballots. We would like to take this opportunity to address the effects changes in this bill would have on the lives of eligible Idaho voters who have disabilities and require assistance in completing their fundamental right … Continue reading Comments on HB693, Prohibition of Drop Boxes

Comments on HB441

Download a PDF Version of this Comment by Clicking Here RE: HB441 DisAbility Rights Idaho is the designated Protection and Advocacy system for the State of Idaho. As such, DRI advocates for and educates on the rights of Idahoans with Disabilities. We have reviewed the proposed bill HB441; a bill which would grant absentee ballot assistance to Nursing, Residential and Assisted Living facilities. DRI would like to take this opportunity to address the effects changes in this bill would have on the lives of eligible Idaho voters who have disabilities and require assistance in completing their fundamental right to vote. … Continue reading Comments on HB441

Voting in Idaho 2022

Click here to download a PDF version of this post What is Voting? Voting is a way for adult citizens to make decisions regarding an important issue or to pick someone for an office. Who Can Vote? You can vote if: you are a United States Citizen, 18 years old or older, registered to vote, and living in Idaho and the county you reside in at least 30 days before the election. How Do I Register to Vote? You can register to vote on Election Day at your polling place. You can also register online at www.voteidaho.gov or by filling … Continue reading Voting in Idaho 2022

Why should you vote?

Because as Valerie says “We can make something better” for voters will all disabilities, including those with mental illness. Click here to read the full article: https://www.ndrn.org/story/we-can-make-something-better/

DISABILITY RIGHTS GROUPS AND IDAHO LEGISLATURE ENTER INTO CONSENT DECREE ASSURING ONGOING ACCESS DURING CURRENT LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Click here to download a PDF version of this press release. March 5, 2021 — Five disability rights advocacy organizations and two Idahoans with disabilities have entered into a consent decree with the Idaho State Legislature, Speaker of the House Scott Bedke and President Pro Tempore of the Senate Chuck Winder to ensure that persons with disabilities can testify before legislative committees and participate in activities at the State Capitol during this legislative session without risk of exposure to or contracting Covid-19.  Persons with disabilities are at heightened risk of severe complications from Covid-19. The consent decree resolves a lawsuit … Continue reading DISABILITY RIGHTS GROUPS AND IDAHO LEGISLATURE ENTER INTO CONSENT DECREE ASSURING ONGOING ACCESS DURING CURRENT LEGISLATIVE SESSION