Voting is the most important part of disability advocacy you can do and not voting can have a substantial impact on your daily life. According to the 2010 US Census 19 percent of the population in the United States has a disability. If even half of all the people in the United States voted, thats 10 percent of the population. A candidate would be crazy to not have a disability policy in order to court 10 percent of the voters. Sadly I believe the number of people with disabilities that vote isn’t high at all.
Recently there was a new article that said one third of the Anti Donald Trump protestors arrested in Portland Oregon didn’t vote. This is a problem! You can’t just sit back and watch and then complain when something goes wrong! Democracy isn’t a spectator sport, and not voting and then protesting clearly isn’t what democracy looks like.
Voting: The Most Important Form of Advocacy
Voting is really the most important form of advocacy. Presidents set a nationwide tone on insurance, disability rights and community inclusion – but there are often local issues which affect daily lives as well. Public Transit millages that keep a community mobile, zoning boards which can often be against inclusive communities and so much more.