Sep 26, 2012
The National MS Society encourages you to make a difference in the November 6, 2012 election and register to vote!
The U.S. Census reported that 6 million people (more than twice the population of Chicago!) failed to cast a ballot in the 2008 election because they either didn’t know how to register or they missed their local registration deadline (click here for your state’s registration deadline). This year, the Society is trying to make sure that no one with MS is left out of the political process. Since the 2010 Census, 15 million Americans have become eligible to vote. Trends indicate that people with disabilities register to vote at a rate 16 percent lower than other Americans and that more than one in ten eligible voters has a disability. People with disabilities are a critical constituency and their voices must be heard!
Are you eligible to vote? To be eligible to vote you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen;
- Be over the age of 18; and
- Comply with state laws on residency, felony status, and mental competency.
Additionally, you can learn more about efforts in your state to help voters with disabilities exercise their right to vote: Alaska, Montana, or Washington. Voter registration deadlines are coming up soon, so register today!
Visit the Society’s Election 2012 page for more information on the upcoming election. It is important to register so that on November 6, 2012 you can cast your votes for U.S. President, U.S. House of Representatives, local and State elections, and in some states, the U.S. Senate. We urge you to take a few minutes today to register to vote and make your voice heard on November 6th!