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Disability Rights Center Voting Information

  • Parent Category: Resources
  • Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2012 14:31
  • Published on Monday, 01 October 2012 15:29
  • Written by Lydia Richard

On Voting Day - Answers to Your Questions 

Does my disability affect my right to vote?

NO, your disability does NOT affect your right to vote unless a judge has taken away your right to vote.

 

Does the polling place have to be accessible?

Yes, every polling place must comply with the regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition, all polling locations should be equipped with a Vote-By-Phone system, as part of Maine's accessible voting solution.

 

Where do I vote?

You must vote at your polling place. Your polling place depends on where you live. To find out where your polling place is, call your town or city clerk, or visit the website:

 http://www.maine.gov/portal/government/edemocracy/lookup_voter_info 

All polling places open on Election Day from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, and many from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm

 

What do I do if I know that my polling place is not accessible to me?

Call your town or city clerk and ask them to modify the location in compliance with the regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. If the necessary adjustment cannot be made to your polling location by Election Day, then you may call your town or city clerk and request to vote at another site.

 

What do I need to bring?

If you registered in person or if you registered by mail and provided valid identification you do not need to bring anything with you. However, if you register on Election Day or if you registered by mail and did not send any valid form of identification in with your Registration Card, then you must bring one of the following forms of ID:

                Copy of your Maine driver's license

                Copy of another valid photo ID

                Utility bill

                Bank statement

                Paycheck

                A current government document that shows your name and address

 

Can I have help voting?

Yes, you may have your friend or relative come with you to help you read and/or fill out your ballot. When selecting your helper you may choose almost anyone you would like to have come with you, your helper does not have to be registered to vote or even old enough to vote. However, your employer or union official may not help you vote. If you do not bring somebody with you, but you would like to have help, an election official can also assist you throughout the voting process.

 

Can I bring my service animal to the polling place?

Yes, you have the right to bring your service animal with you into your polling place.

 

How do I mark a ballot?

Different polling places may have different types of voting systems. However, each ballot will explain how to mark your choices. If you have any questions or need help you may ask an election official. If you would like to check what type of system your location will use, you may call your town or city clerk.

 

What if my polling place isn't accessible on voting day?

 

Please call the Election Division of the Secretary of State's office at (207) 624-7650 and the Disability Rights Center at 1-800-452-1948.

 

DRC VOTING GUIDE 

Understanding Health Information Privacy

  • Parent Category: Resources
  • Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2012 14:31
  • Published on Friday, 06 April 2012 14:01
  • Written by Lydia Richard

 

The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal protections for personal health information held by covered entities and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information. At the same time, the Privacy Rule is balanced so that it permits the disclosure of personal health information needed for patient care and other important purposes. 

The Security Rule specifies a series of administrative, physical, and technical safeguards for covered entities to use to assure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information. 

http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html

My Mental Health Rights on Campus

  • Parent Category: Resources
  • Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2012 14:31
  • Published on Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:34
  • Written by Lydia Richard

 It can be daunting to think of attending college while suffering from a mental health condition. In this tip sheet, you will learn about your rights, rules, and the resources available to you at college. 

Download it here

Find more publications @

http://labs.umassmed.edu/TransitionsRTC

Olmstead Resources on DOJ Guidance

  • Parent Category: Resources
  • Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2012 14:31
  • Published on Wednesday, 29 June 2011 11:26
  • Written by Lydia Richard

Washington, D.C. -- June 28, 2011 -- "The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law applauds President Obama's call to build on the promise of Olmstead to end discrimination against people with mental illnesses and other disabilities," stated Dr. Robert Bernstein, executive director of the Bazelon Center, regarding the President's statements on June 22 marking the 12th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision. For the anniversary, the Bazelon Center has released a new paper http://www.bazelon.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=HZT-J9kSCZk%3d&tabid=118

and a brochure http://www.bazelon.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=4ct1F50BhGA%3d&tabid=118

describing the highlights of the U.S. Department of Justice's recent guidance on Olmstead. The guidance is part of a new DOJ resource online, Olmstead: Community Integration for Everyone.  

For more information on the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision and related matters, visit the Bazelon Center's Olmstead pages.

Funded In Part By:

Wrendy Hayne Mental Health Fund-Maine Community Foundation

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