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Legislation and the Law

2012 Presidential Election

"Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us.
The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country."

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Voting Process

Step 1: Know Your Rights

There are numerous policies in place to ensure that every eligible voter is given the opportunity to cast a vote. Here is a great resource that offers links to resources on voting with a disability.

Step 2: Register to Vote
In a number of states you must register to vote as far as 30 days in advance of the election. Each state has varying deadlines and requirements for registration (including residency requirements), so please contact your state election office to ensure you are prepared to register in time for this year's presidential election on Tuesday, November 6th.

Keep in mind that you must be registered with the municipality in which you live. To learn more about your state's voter registration guidelines, visit Project Vote Smart: Voter Registration and select your state.

Step 3: Educate Yourself on the Candidates and Their Policies
Do not simply rely on the campaign commercials splashed across your television screen; read up on the candidates' stances on the issues, check out their voting records, get to know them inside and out. We have offered a number of resources below to help you get to know the candidates.

Step 4: Cast Your Vote

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The Nominees

The Democratic and Republican nominees for this year's Presidential election are set. Barack Obama will represent the Democratic Party, and Mitt Romney will represent the Republican Party.

It is up to you to decide who will best lead our country into the future.

Be an educated voter!

Want to know where the Presidential candidates stand on Disability Issues?

See the video or transcript from the National Forum on Disability Issues A coalition of Disability Organizations hosted a National Forum on Disability Issues, on Friday, September 28 from 11:30 – 2:30 CDT. Each of the Presidential Candidates sent representatives to speak on their behalf on Disability Issues. The National Forum was held in Columbus, Ohio so Ohio state representatives also spoke. Download the full NFDI2012 transcript, as recorded by the live open-captioning service or Watch the entire NFDI2012 webcast here on YouTube. 18 separate chapters are posted to allow for faster download, buffering, and navigation. To learn more about the National Forum on Disability Issues, visit this website www.nfdi.org.

Visit each campaign's website to learn more about each candidate's policy positions on the issues that are most important to you.

Democratic Presidential Nominee

Barack Obama
Visit the Obama-Biden Campaign Website

Vice Presidential Running Mate

Joe Biden
Contact the Vice President

How does Barack Obama stand on disability-realted issues?
The White House: Disabilities

Republican Presidential Nominee

Mitt Romney
Visit the Romney-Ryan Campaign Website

Vice Presidential Running Mate

Paul Ryan
Contact Congressman Ryan

How does Mitt Romney stand on disability-realted issues?
Contact the Romney Campaign

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Important Election 2012 Events

Republican National Convention, August 27-30, 2012

Democratic National Convention, September 4-6, 2012

2012 Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates

All debates will take place from 9:00 - 10:30 pm (Eastern Time)

First presidential debate:
Wednesday, October 3
University of Denver, Denver, CO
Topic: Domestic policy
Moderator: Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor of the PBS NewsHour

Vice presidential debate:
Thursday, October 11
Centre College, Danville, KY
Topic: Foreign and domestic policy
Moderator: Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, ABC News

Second presidential debate:
Tuesday, October 16
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy
Moderator: Candy Crowley, Chief Political Correspondent, CNN and Anchor, CNN's State of the Union

Third presidential debate:
Monday, October 22
Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL
Topic: Foreign policy
Moderator: Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News and Moderator, Face the Nation

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The Issues

The following websites give a side-by-side comparison of the candidates on a range of important issues.

More websites will be added as they are made available.

Council on Foreign Relations: Campaign 2012
Learn how the candidates stand on relations with and polcies on China, North Korea, Iran, Irag, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, etc. As well as Energy Policy, Immigration, Homeland Security and much more.

Tax Policy Center: 2012 Election Tax Plans
TPC has analyzed the distributional effects of tax proposals from President Obama, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

The Health Care Blog: 2012 Election
This blog, regarded as ̉the leading insider voice in the field" by the The Wall Street Journal, runs guest posts by influential bloggers across healthcare every day, featuring pieces by observers at the center of the stories transforming the field.

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General Election Resources

  • CNN Politics: America's Choice 2012: Election Center provides news on the candidate's campaigns, and provides overviews of the candidate's stances on main issues

  • C-Span: Campaign 2012 posts video clips of the candidates addressing campaign issues

  • Fox News: 2012 Elections provides the latest candidate news

  • Politifact.com provides unbiased fact checks on candidate's campaign statements

  • Project Vote Smart provides numerous tools to help you determine which candidate best addresses your needs and desires for America

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