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Election Day is this Tuesday, November 8. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you want to impact the direction of our state and our country, this is your opportunity! You’ll have highly contested statewide and federal races to participate in, among others.

In order to make sure that everyone is prepared to cast their ballots, we’ve compiled a list of six things you need to know.

If you have any questions or problems casting your ballot on that day, please don’t hesitate to call Paraquad at 314-289-4277 or email advocacy@paraquad.org.

Six Things You Need to Know

  1. You need one of the following types of identification to vote.
    • State-issued identification (e.g., driver’s license or identification card)
    • Federally-issued identification (e.g., valid passport)
    • Board of Election mailer
    • Utility bill in your name (Ameren or Laclede Gas)
    • Government document with your name and address
    • School identification (public school, private school, college, vocational school or technical school).
  2. Know where your polling place is. If you don’t know, call your city or county election authority.
    • St. Louis: 314-622-4336
    • St. Louis County: 314-615-1800
    • St. Charles County: 636-949-7550
    • Jefferson County: 636-797-5486
    • Click here to search online
  3. How long the polls are open.
    • The polls are open on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • If you are in line by 7 p.m., you are entitled to cast your vote.
  4. How you are getting to the polls — make plans now to get there.
    • Can you walk to your polling place?
    • Can you ride with a neighbor, friend or family member?
    • Can you access it by bus or Call-A-Ride?
  5. What is on the ballot?
  6. Your rights as a voter. The following information on accessible voting was provided by the Missouri Secretary of State:
    • Curbside voting: Voters with limited mobility can vote “curbside” or outside the polling place. Just go to your polling place and ask someone to go in and ask poll workers to bring a ballot out to you. They should bring you a ballot within a reasonable period of time.
    • Accessible polling places: If you have physical disabilities and your polling place is not accessible, you may request a different polling place assignment so that you may vote in a more accessible polling place. You may also vote at a central location. Simply contact your local election authority to make this request. You can find your local election authority here or by calling 800-NOW-VOTE.
    • Accessible voting systems: Every polling place must have an accessible voting system for individuals with disabilities, including audiovisual accessibility. Accessible systems include an audio ballot to make your selections or the ability to enlarge text so that you can read the on-screen ballot with ease.
    • Permanent absentee voting: If you have a permanent physical disability, you may request to be placed on a designated list so that your local election authority can automatically mail an absentee ballot application directly to you prior to each election. You will need to make this request directly to your local election authority who will send you further information.

Remember, if you want disability rights to be a top priority in Jefferson City and Washington D.C., YOU have to make voting a top priority!

Be an Informed Voter

Missouri Statewide Candidate Disability Questionnaire
Candidates running for Missouri’s highest offices responded to questions about policies important to the disability community.

RespectAbility #PwDsVote Missouri Voter Guide
Missouri candidates for senate and governor responded to a questionnaire on national issues.

Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
Learn how Missouri candidates for senate feel about the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

2016 Ballot Measures from Missouri Secretary of State’s office
Read the official ballot titles and the fair ballot language from the Missouri Secretary of State’s office.

Election Protection Information
Have questions about your polling place, whether you need ID (and if so, what kind) or whether your state has same-day voter registration? Need to report a problem about your polling place? Visit the nonpartisan Election Protection website or call one of the Election Protection hotline numbers:

Cathy Brown is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Paraquad. She can be reached at cbrown@paraquad.org or on Twitter at @Cathy__Brown.

Photo credit: Dan McCullough

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