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ELECTION EQUALITY: LESSONS FROM HISTORY VOTING FOR ALL SUMMIT MARIN COUNTY, CA SEPTEMBER 2014.

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1 ELECTION EQUALITY: LESSONS FROM HISTORY VOTING FOR ALL SUMMIT MARIN COUNTY, CA SEPTEMBER 2014

2 W HERE DOES THE DISABILITY VOTE FIT IN ? 2012 Voting Bloc Turnout Rates 18% African American Voters 12% Disabled Voters 6% Latino Voters Who do we hear about in the media? Performance Rate: 43% of the Disability Community Turns Out to Vote

3 E VOLUTION OF AMERICAN VOTER REGISTRATION Know Your Neighbors White-Male-Property Owners: No Registration Exactly Who Is Voting? Registration Begins County Assessors-Door to Door Rise of the Working Class Extended Registration Periods Voter Registration Cards Civil Rights Movements: Women and African Americans Expanded Voter Roles Online Voter Registration Electronic Options

4 E VOLUTION OF V OTING C ASTING YOUR BALLOT Early America - Voice Vote 1800’s Political Party Tickets - Not Secret The Age of Invention - Mechanical Pull Lever Civil Rights Expands the Voter Rolls - Punch Cards &The IMB Votomatic HAVA and Electronic Voting Systems – Accessibility Comfort and Ease - Vote by Mail

5 T HE FUTURE OF EQUALITY IN ELECTIONS FOR ALL Our History Shows… Each Generation Adds New Challenges and Opportunities for Improvement What Works for One Person May Not for Another Equality is Access to Options

6 ELECTION EQUALITY: LESSONS FROM HISTORY Questions??? Ted Jackson Community Organizing Director California Foundation for Independent Living Centers Disability Organizing Network (916) , ext. 337


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