The Art and Importance of Choosing Your Elected Officials

The mid-term elections are nearly here. A lot is at stake for Americans with disabilities.

Do you know who’s running for office on November 6, 2018? Sure, you’ve seen the campaign ads and postcards….but, do you REALLY know who’s running…beyond the ads and postcards I mean?

Have you really gotten to know your Senators, Representatives and their opponents?

Not yet?  Here’s a checklist to guide you confidently to the polls on election day.


  • Choose the candidate you wish to support carefully. Very carefully.
  • Check their support of and voting records on legislation that provides support to individuals with disabilities, especially issues that impact you directly.
    • SSI/SSDI
    • Medicaid/Medicare
    • Long-term (in-home) Care
    • Health Insurance (The Affordable Care Act)
    • Prescription Drugs
    • Food Assistance (SNAP)
    • Rent/Heat Assistance (LIHEAP)
    • Public Education
    • Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Disability Integration Act

A helpful resource: American Association of People with Disabilities: Rev Up Issues Guide

A helpful resource: VoteSmart.org

  • There are many special interest groups out there, most of which do not support YOUR interests. It is critical that you educate yourself on which candidates support the issues that matter to you, the voting citizen, NOT the special interests.
  • Be careful. There is plenty of information out there that is fake, deliberately false to mislead you and others about the true goals and objectives of the often hidden agendas of these special interest groups.

A helpful resource: VoteSmart.org: Washington Special Interest Groups

  • Do not trust everything you hear; always check multiple sources of information to find the truth. Turn to past and present issues of newspapers, magazines, non-partisan radio and television programs, as well as non-partisan non-profit organizations. Talk to your friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances for different perspectives.

A helpful resource: Quiz: How News Literate Are You

  • Be especially wary of information found on social media platforms. Highly partisan groups have formed to put out false information designed to incite anger and distrust towards anyone that opposes their extreme agendas.

A helpful resource: How to spot fake news in your social media feed

An infographic by the International Federation of Library Associations:

How To Spot Fake News

Always check your sources carefully.

See our Voter Checklist.

Then, get out and vote!

It is critical to YOUR future!

 

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