Sabe USA

The National Technical Assistance Center for Voting and Cognitive Access helps protection and advocacy systems, election officials and people with disabilities to make voting accessible for all citizens.

The Center is managed and operated by leaders in the self-advocacy movement.

For more information about SABE’s Voter activities, please contact Nancy Ward at or Teresa Moore at

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2016 Primary Elections


If you have any problems during your state's 2016 Primary Elections, please click on the following link for information on how to reach someone to assist you.   2016 Primary Hotline Schedule link


2014 Voters with Disabilities Election Report


A new study shows that having a disability is not the problem with voting, it is having the accessible equipment, accessible locations and respect to do so.

Cincinnati, Ohio November 30, 2015 – As the country prepares for the 2016 Presidential Election, how prepared are Election Officials to meet the voting needs of people with disabilities?  A survey conducted by Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), a national organization lead by people with disabilities for people with disabilities, on the accessibility of the 2014 Election found:

  • 27% of voters, who used wheelchairs, had problems moving around the voting area
  • 11% of the voters reported poll workers treated them like they were NOT able to vote
  • 17% of the voters said the accessible voting machines were not up and running when they arrived at the polling location
  • 11% of the voters self-reported they did not know how to operate the accessible equipment
  • 21% of the poll workers did not provide clear instructions on how to use the accessible voting equipment
  • 19% of voters, who used Absentee Ballots, did so because they felt they could not vote privately at the polling location

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) passed in 2000 outlines specific regulations that all Elections must follow:

  • be held in accessible locations
  • use ballots that encourage people to vote rather than discourage
  • allow voters to cast their ballot privately and independently

This study finds the greatest barrier to voting for people with disabilities is the lack of knowledge of poll workers.

Click the link to read the 2014 Election Report link

VOTE Project Distance Training Webinars 2015

SABE Voter Project goes Tech

Special thanks to Alabama, Arizona, Florida, and Maryland for joining us this on the vote project.  Technology can never replace face to face meetings or trainings, but we can have a great learning experience when you have caring and passionate people working together.

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SABE vote project presenting using GoToWebinar.

AL P&A voting 2015

The Alabama staff from the Protection and Advocacy joining in on the Distance Learning Webinar.

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Vote project Candy activity.

SABE Voter project 2014

2014 was SABE's first year training self advocacy groups and their P&A organizations.  States that participated were Maine, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.


Election Protection Hotline

  • Check out the Election Protection hotline (1-866-OUR-VOTE)'s website:
  • The Vote Project Toolkit is now available for free download on the Vote Toolkit page.
  • 2014 Election Day Campaign results coming soon.
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Picture of Jeff RidgewayMY VOTEby Jeff Ridgeway

They say I can’t vote

They say the decision is not mine

They say I don’t understand

I guess they think they’re being kind

I wonder what they would say or think if they only knew

That when they call the President “Our President”,

I want to Call him mine too.

If I never get the chance to Vote –

Pulling the lever, punching the card, or writing the name down.

I stay the same – dumb, misinformed, unchanged, unempowered.

That is what this world expects me to be.

But I want so much more

I want to be the most educated – the most informed – the most totally changed – the most totally empowered person that I can be when I vote.

I can make a difference and then I can say with pride,

“Not Yours,

not theirs,

but My President

because I helped put him there.”