Election Day in Iowa Video Released October 29, 2012
Next week, Iowans will head to the polls to cast their vote. Over the last several years, voting in Iowa has become easier and more accessible, from allowing same day voter registration to ensuring that polling locations are accessible and assistance is available to those that request it.
While it is has become easier to vote, there is still work to do to ensure that Iowans feel comfortable and confident in the process.
The Iowa Disability Vote Coalition (IDVC) developed the Election Day in Iowa video to walk Iowans through the voting process from the time they enter the polling location to feeding their ballot into the tabulator to be counted. The short video answers some of the most common questions people have such as - what do I need to bring with me? What if I show up at the wrong location? How can I get help if I need it?
In the 2008 election, Iowans with disabilities voted at a rate that was 10 percent lower than Iowans without disabilities. Nationally, if people with disabilities had voted at the same rate as people without disabilities, 10 million more votes would have been cast. The Election Day in Iowa video is just one component of the trainings and resources that the IDVC are providing to educate and build the confidence of Iowans in the voting process.
The Election Day in Iowa video is available on the Iowans with Disabilities in Action (ID Action) website at www.idaction.org. The video is available for groups to use for training purposes. Please contact ID Action at 866-432-2846 if you are interested in using the video.
The Iowa Disability Vote Coalition is a network of Iowa allies working together to create and grow the political power of Iowans affected by disability. IDVC is a partnership with the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council and Iowans with Disabilities in Action (ID Action). For more information on IDVC and ID Action, please visit www.idaction.org or call 1-866-432-2846.
(Contact: Lane Till, 515-423-0992, 515-230-8851(mobile),