Election Hotline available for people with disabilities

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Voters with disabilities face many barriers in exercising a fundamental civil right: the right to vote.

On Nov. 6, voters can call the Advocacy Center to report problems or get help with their voting issues from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.- 1-800-960-7705 (Voice) or 1-866-935-7348 (TTY) or advocacycenter@advocacyla.org. Advocacy Center staff is available to help voters locate their polling places, review their ballots, address accessibility issues and troubleshoot other disability-related problems.

In 2008, the entire staff of the Advocacy Center worked to insure accessibility for people with disabilities. We surveyed 115 polling places and tried to resolve accessibility issues. We provided assistance to over 300 people with disabilities on a variety of voting issues. We assisted residents who wanted to learn about their right to vote at over 600 institutions throughout the state.

"We are committed to ensuring people with disabilities are able to vote on Election Day," said Stephanie Patrick, director of the Advocacy Center's voting rights programs. "Our staff is specially trained to answer questions and address disability issues. In addition, we can assist voters in filing complaints and addressing systematic barriers."

About the Advocacy Center

The Advocacy Center protects, empowers and advocates for the human and legal rights of people with disabilities and seniors living in LA, in order that they may live an integrated life in the community, free from abuse, neglect and exploitation. The Advocacy Center employs 50 people statewide who assist people to achieve employment, education, housing, and health care goals.