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Voting During COVID-19

With the current health concerns and recommendations for social distancing, Disability Rights South Dakota has received some questions regarding when/how to absentee vote. Absentee voting for the November 3, 2020 general elections begins September 18, 2020. Below, you can find a link to the Secretary of State's website that details the process and provides the form needed to request an absentee ballot. You will see a spot on the form for a notary--if a notary is not available, a copy of a state photo ID can be sent with the application. If you do not have access to a copier you can take a photo of your ID and text or email to your county auditor. If you have any questions or need assistance to print the forms, please contact our office at 1-800-658-4782, and we will do our best to assist you.  

Absentee Voting:

National Disability Voter Registration Week (July 13th - 17th, 2020)

Disability Rights South Dakota joins partners across the country to celebrate National Disability Voter Registration Week - Full Press Release

July 13-17, 2020 is National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW), a joint endeavor across the United States to register voters for the 2020 General Elections.

Partnering with the Register Educate Vote Use your Power (RevUp) campaign, and in celebration of NDVRW, Disability Rights South Dakota (DRSD) will be hosting a weeklong voter registration event. 

In recognition that all Americans have the RIGHT to vote, DRSD and RevUp place a priority on registering individuals with disabilities to vote, ensuring every eligible American voter can exercise his or her RIGHT and RESPONSIBILITY to educate themselves and be heard at the ballot box. Communities across the country will use NDVRW to increase voter registration and participation in the electoral process.

DRSD offices will have staff available to assist all individuals in registering to vote and answer any voting rights questions they may have. To request a Voter Registration form call: 1-800-658-4782

To register to vote any time throughout the year a person can also register at the Department of Motor Vehicles, Vocational Rehabilitation Services or your local Department of Social Services. Voter registration forms can also be obtained at your local County Auditor’s office, and on the Secretary of State’s website SDSOS.GOV.

Voter registration deadlines for the 2020 General election is October 19, 2020. 

Disability Rights South Dakota is a federally funded, independent non-profit protection and advocacy agency dedicated to preventing, investigating and adjudicating cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation of South Dakotans with disabilities. DRSD’s legal team and advocates work to protect the rights of the disability community.

Vote For Access:

Vote for Access is a series of five short advocacy videos on the barriers that many disabled voters still face when trying to vote. This non-partisan project is produced by Rooted in Rights and Block by Block Creative, in collaboration with a number of Protection and Advocacy agencies across the country, including DRSD. Our goal is to push for better resources, funding, and awareness to improve accessibility and outreach for disabled voters.

Each episode showcases a specific issue that directly impacts voters with disabilities: attitudinal barriers, access to information, access to the polls, access to alternative voting options, and voter suppression. Our host, Imani Barbarin, introduces considerations that often aren’t included in conversations about voting rights. Imani is joined by 16 guests from around the country who speak to their experiences as voters, poll workers, and researchers who can help us understand a better way to ensure equality at the polls.

Check out all five episodes in the playlist below!

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