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Emily Johnson @emily_rj
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Thank you everyone who is coming to the Nov. 13 meeting to support me and other disabled voters who’ve been dismissed about inaccessibility. I had a disabled woman tell me she experienced discrimination in Fulton. I’ve heard from others. This is a huge issue. #CripTheVote #GApol
This is a list I wrote for an abled voter and shared with a Georgia councilman who wants to do better by disabled voters. Please use to see if a place is really accessible. If it’s not, file complaints because disabled people are ignored, dismissed and abused when we do complain.
This causes some to not vote, others to not complain. We’re focused on our safety in the moment, voting and leaving. I’ve explained to well-meaning poll workers that just because they don’t perceive/aren’t told of inaccessibility or discrimination doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.
I fought to file complaints in part because I knew that DeKalb County man with CP may have had a harder time filing a complaint and fighting discrimination. His mom was mad too. So please fight for us. Our bodies only let us fight so much. Some can’t stand up to ableism at all.
So, #CripTheVote accessible voting tips:
1) If the building has no outside seating or indoor seating at any given part of the lines, it’s not accessible. This is on both state and federal governments, for the walking disabled, the ambulatory like me, the wheelchaired disabled.
2) If the building lacks the space for more than one or a few wheelchairs to navigate areas during election times (the primary use the building was created, during voting), it’s not accessible.

Basically, if it’s only accessible when it’s empty or nearly empty, it’s not.
3) If there is one, two or a few stairs, or no ramps, or poor stairs or ramps, or no ramps or stairs to areas we need like restrooms or vending machines when we usually need those things more urgently and often than abled people do, it’s not accessible.
4) If disabled people like me aren’t allowed to have their phones on to check prepared lists, remember issues and names they want to vote on (which is a real concern, I have multiple neurological disabilities), or denied looking up that information, it’s not accessible.
5) If disabled people aren’t permitted help from loved ones or employees doing exactly what that disabled person needs, like filling out the ballot for someone with CP or for me when my hands aren’t working, but we can direct them to do what we want, it’s not accessible.
6) If there’s not enough room to get a wheelchair in and out of a government office (like the Registrar’s Office where I was in DeKalb County) and workers have to ask lined voters to move (which the director did, after arguing the building is ADA complaint), it’s not accessible.
7) If there’s not room for more than one or two wheelchairs to navigate voting booth aisles at the same time like where I was, booths facing each other with just enough space for my wheelchair without anyone voting behind me, me blocking the aisle), it’s not accessible.
8) If disabled voters have to wait hours (hours of worsening unattended symptoms both visible and not, hours that could make us give up and go home out of need) to vote because there aren’t more wheelchairs or isn’t space for more wheelchairs, it’s not accessible.
9) If officials (like Tillman) lie to disabled voters (or abled voters) filing complaints against clear ADA violations, tell voters there isn’t a complaint form, try to argue voters out of filing (like Hamilton did, even after I was discriminated against), it’s not accessible.
10) If officials say “we’re not legally required to have wheelchairs,” “the building’s outside is on the federal government,” derail and dismiss complaints without addressing or truly fixing them, assist abled voters while ignoring disabled voters, it’s not accessible.
11) If you’re told “You should be lucky with what you have,” “I’ve seen nor heard other complaints so there aren’t any,” “Poor accessibility is better than no accessibility,” all excuses for ADA violations and suppressing disabled voting, it’s not accessible. #CripTheVote #GApol
12) Oh and, obviously and infuriatingly, if you’re judged or challenged to prove/explain how you’re disabled like I was because there’s not a tell or symptoms aren’t always visible (cc @solangeknowles, @ladygaga, @NickFoles bc idk Tori’s handle), it’s not accessible. #CriptheVote
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