#DSVOTES® is an initiative from the NDSS Self-Advocate Advisory Board (SAAB) to encourage political participation by all self-advocates.

The NDSS Self-Advocate Advisory Board has developed a partnership with the national self-advocacy organization, Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) on the very important issue of voting. SABE’s National Technical Assistance Center for Voting and Cognitive Access helps protection and advocacy systems, election officials and people with disabilities to make voting accessible for all citizens. The Center is managed and operated by leaders in the self-advocacy movement.

Visit SABE’s GoVoter! website for valuable resources on registering to vote, voting rights, voting machines, voter ID laws, voting stories, and voting and guardianship.

 

#DSVOTES® Civic Action Center

 

National Voter Registration Day DSVOTES® Webinar

ATTENTION SELF-ADVOCATES!

Join the NDSS Self-Advocate Advisory Board (SAAB) and the advocacy organization Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) for a special webinar presentation in celebration of National Voter Registration Day. Presenters from SABE will share their expertise and take questions and SAAB will debut their #DSVOTES™ video, “I Vote Because…”

We want to know YOUR experience voting! SABE has created a voter experience survey to let us know how we can improve voter experience in the future. To complete the survey, please use this link.

 

#DSVOTES™ Voter Information

Informational handouts were created by the NDSS Self-Advocate Advisory Board and Self-Advocate Becoming Empowered to educate self-advocates and other interested parties in issues related to voting.

#DSVOTES® "I Vote Because..." Social Media Campaign

The #DSVOTES® “I Vote Because…” social media campaign is an opportunity to highlight self-advocates’ motivations for engaging in the political process this election season. Participating self-advocates’ photos and statements will be generated into an “I Vote Because…” image to be shared over NDSS’ social media outlets.

To participate, send an email with the following information to policy@ndss.org. Please use “I Vote Because…'” as the subject line of your email.

  • Your first and last name
  • Your age
  • A photo of you
  • The town and state where you live
  • A 2-50 word response completing the phrase: “I Vote Because…”

Note: NDSS and the SAAB cannot endorse any candidate or political party. Any entry that mentions or has images of candidates or political parties will be not be used.

Election Day "I Vote" Social Media Campaign

On Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th, we invite all self-advocates to send photos wearing your “I voted” stickers! Pictures that meet the guidelines below will be shared over NDSS’ social media outlets.

To participate, on Election Day, send an email with the following information to info@ndss.org. Please use “I Voted” as the subject line of your email.

  • Your first and last name
  • Your age
  • A photo of you wearing your “I Voted” sticker
  • The town and state where you live
  • A 2-20 word caption (optional)

Guidelines: Most jurisdictions have laws against taking pictures inside and directly outside of a polling place, so we will not be accepting photos taken inside a polling place. NDSS and the SAAB can not endorse any candidate or political party. Any entry that mentions or has images of candidates or political parties will be not be used. We will not be able to use your photo is it has political images (campaign signs, t-shirts, etc.).

For More Information

For more information about #DSVOTES™, contact the NDSS Policy Team at policy@ndss.org.