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Independent Living News & Policy from the National Council on Independent Living


Approved by the NCIL membership July, 2005

WHEREAS, there are over 56 million Americans who experience disability,

WHEREAS Americans with disabilities are often unaware that they could represent a powerful voting group in every local, state, and national election.

WHEREAS, the time line for the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) stating that accessible voting machines are to be at every polling site is in January 2006. 

WHEREAS, HAVA also states that polling sites are to be accessible (as Federal law mandated in the 1980s).

Therefore be it resolved, that NCIL will encourage its membership to make voter registration of persons with disabilities a priority for the next three years, offering voter registration to every consumer.  In addition NCIL will encourage its members to provide trainings on the rights and responsibilities of citizens.  Finally each member shall advocate for greater accessibility to voting in their counties and state.

Submitted by:

Center for Independent Living of Jasper

Trecia C. Benefield

Bill Van Fossen

Mike Smith

PJ Magik


Birmingham Independent Living Center Staff