Voting Access

In partnership with our clients and allies, DRM works to remove barriers to voting and to educate and train people on voting rights.

Maine's Protection and Advocacy for Voter Access (PAVA) project:

  • enforces the right to equal opportunities for people with disabilities in gaining access to polling places, registering to vote, and casting a ballot;
  • conducts training and education activities on voting rights for people with disabilities and their allies;
  • engages in systemic work to promote the involvement of people with disabilities in decisions that impact them.


DRM VOTING RIGHTS HOTLINE

Questions or concerns regarding voting access in Maine?

Want information about getting involved?

Call 800.452.1948


Voting Resources

Your Vote Counts: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Voting in the U.S.

From the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN): "On election day, people pick who they want to represent them in elected office. This process is an important part of life in the community. It matters because people who make policy decisions change our everyday lives. Everything from curb cuts to anti-discrimination laws can change based on who holds elected office.

Understanding voting and how to know who to vote for is an important part of living in the community. People with disabilities deserve to understand how to vote. That’s where our new plain language voting toolkit comes in.

The toolkit focuses on the process of voting, and understanding how to prepare to vote on election day. This toolkit answers questions many first time voters have, such as:

  • What is voting?
  • Why should I vote?
  • What’s the difference between a primary election and a general election?
  • How does the Electoral College work?
  • How do I get ready to vote?
  • How can I get disability accommodations when I vote?

Your Vote Counts is available in two versions:

  • Our Easy Read Edition. The Easy Read version has three files: the main toolkit, a glossary of all the words used in the toolkit, and a section about voting laws in every state. The Easy Read version uses pictures along with large text, and has more white space.
  • A Plain Language Version without accompanying graphics. It includes a full glossary of all the words used in the toolkit, and a separate part about voting laws in every state.

Visit ASAN's website to download their guide(s)

AARP Maine Election Guide

Portland Recovery Voter Guide

"The 2022 Maine Gubernatorial Candidates Voter Guide downloadable guide on Substance Use Disorders & Recovery-Related Issues was created to educate voters. A five-item questionnaire was sent to all 2022 Maine Gubernatorial Candidates. We received responses from all three candidates. All responses are printed exactly as they were submitted to PRCC.

The purpose of this voter guide is to educate voters impartially on a nonpartisan basis. As a 501(c)(3) organization, PRCC does not intend to advance the electoral interests of some candidates or to disparage others."

2022 Maine Gubernatorial Candidates Voter Guide On Substance Use Disorders & Recovery-Related Issues

Maine Children’s Alliance Election Guide

"MCA’s 2022 Election Guide highlights key issues affecting children and families, offers opportunities to address those challenges, and provides sample questions for candidates. This guide provides individuals like you the information you need to be a strong advocate for children. You can help Maine kids right now by ensuring candidates understand the issues, and by electing leaders in Maine who will prioritize policies and investments that will ensure a brighter future for all children and families across our state."

MCA Election Guide (PDF)

Voter Information Sources: Candidates and Issues

Vote411: https://www.vote411.org/

Voter Guide - Ballot: www.ballotready.org

League of Women Voters Maine Events Page

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