Brightening the lives of individuals with special needs
Your Vote is Your Voice
And your voice matters now more than ever
This November, citizens of all abilities have the right to vote for the elected representatives in federal, state, and local government that share their values and priorities.
Sunshine Projects wants to give you the tools you need to make your vote count, regardless of party or preference.
Know your rights
1. Get informed
Participate in a Virtual Town Hall
Sunshine Projects is hosting a series of Virtual Town Halls with elected leaders to talk about the issues of concern to the special needs community, and steps to ensure your vote is counted.
These events will be hosted and moderated by Sunshine Project participants, and registered participants can submit questions in advance.
To participate in one of our Town Hall or submit recommend questions, see below.
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro on why your vote matters
Congressman David Trone
September 30, 2020, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Virtual Sunshine Project Town Hall with Congressman David Trone of Maryland's 6th District.(representing parts of Potomac, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Baltimore, Frederick, Howard County,etc.
This will be moderated by members of the Sunshine Project Broadcast TV program.
2. Get Ready
Make Sure You Are Registered AND that your address is correct!
New voter. While some states may allow registration near or up to election day, many don't and it can create problems if you wait too long. Register as early as possible to avoid any last-minute problems.
Returning voter? Confirm registration information. If you have changed addresses or your name, you must also be sure that the information is correct in the system.
For voters in the D.C. metro area, use these links to access registration forms, update forms, and directions:
Register or update information in Maryland (online by October 13 or other in-person options)
Registration Information by State (voting requirements, deadlines, forms, online access, etc.)
You may have several options for voting, depending on your state (including DC). Whichever option you choose, PLAN EARLY!!! And remember, you can only vote once or your ballot won't count and you can get in trouble.
Vote by Mail : People choose to vote by mail for many reasons, and it will be more popular than ever this year due to COVID-19, so plan ahead.
Remember: you may need to request a ballot in advance: In DC and some other states, you may receive a vote-by-mail ballot automatically, but in most you need to request a ballot before a specific dealine. Here is information on deadlines and rules:
Early Voting at Established Locations: In some states, you can vote in person before election day, avoiding the lines and scheduling conflicts. Check below for locations, ID requirements and other steps for early voting in your area
Vote on Election Day: On November 3, 2020, you can go to your designated precinct and cast an in person vote during the hours designated by the state. Check below for information on finding your specific polling precinct, ID requirements, and other requirements for voting on Election Day
If you are 18 or over, a citizen of the United States, voting is your Constitutional right, regardless of disability, race, color, or creed, and no one should take that away from you, provided that you follow rules set up by states for a fair and accurate vote. Sometimes, these rule can be confusing, even for voting officials and poll workers, so it is important to know your rights. For more information on your right to vote, visit these resources.*
*These are not affiliated with Sunshine Projects and Sunshine Projects is not endorsing the specific policies or positions taken by the organizations listed.
Know Your Rights