July 15-21 is National Disability Voter Registration Week.

Throughout the week, we’ll share articles and resources about voting: why you should vote, how you can register, and the difference we can all make when our voices are heard.

To kick things off, we asked Jackson Shaddox, a young person looking forward to casting his first vote soon, to share his thoughts on this important subject. Thanks, Jackson!

My name is Jackson. I am seventeen years old, and I will be voting for the first time next year.

People should vote despite what disabilities they have, so their voice can be heard. This is important, so that way we can help support the people we want to represent us.

Our founding fathers fought for all of us to have the right to vote. Millions of soldiers have died to protect our rights. Our freedom to vote should be a right to all no matter what their circumstances may be. Voting allows citizens to express their beliefs on who should represent them in government. It’s very important for people with disabilities to vote, because politicians make a lot of decisions that affect our quality of life. And without our voice we don’t have a say in who may be affecting our quality of life.

We couldn’t have said it better, Jackson! We’re excited to see you so excited to vote. See you at the polls next year!

Are YOU registered to vote? If not, you can click here for an downloadable form. If you are a person with a disability and you need help registering, give DRA a call at 800-482-1174 or email info@disabilityrightsar.org. We’d be glad to help you out.

You have the right to make your voice heard. Get registered to vote TODAY!