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- SB202 changed this answer – YES! You do need an ID when voting by mail.
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The Arc Georgia Releases Film Capturing Importance of Power at the Polls for People with Disabilities
ATLANTA – Voting is a fundamental right. Participation in our democracy is critical for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and people of color with IDD, but voting rights are in jeopardy and the voting power of these populations are devalued in our society.
In honor of Black History Month, The Arc Georgia is proud to release the compelling short film “Georgia’s Grassroots Connections.” Through the voices of strong disability rights allies, the new film highlights the importance of the disability community in rural Georgia and beyond gaining power at the polls.
“People with IDD and people of color with IDD are key constituents in determining the future of our world for generations to come,” said Shannon Mattox, State Director of The Arc Georgia. “With this film, The Arc Georgia and its Grassroots Connectors reflect on the legacy of African Americans who fought and died for the right to vote. In the disability community, it is our responsibility to ensure that legacy is carried on through voter registration, education on the issues, and showing up at the polls in person or through mail-in and absentee ballots.”
Georgia is at the center of a bitter voting rights battle, disproportionately preventing marginalized people from making their opinions and their priorities count. People with IDD and people of color with IDD have a lot at stake right now and our film “Georgia’s Grassroots Connections” captures the urgency of the moment and paints a clear picture of what we need to do, now.
The Arc Georgia has supported people with IDD in the state of Georgia since 1952, and continues to develop programs, and advocate for public policy in several areas pertinent to the IDD community, highlighting voting rights.
Mattox, Stancil Tootle, James Butler, Janet Stuart, Jessica Mathis, Gaylon Tootle, and Lee Jones are featured in the film. They are Grassroot Connectors who volunteer their time in their communities knocking on doors, reaching out to non-voters with disabilities, hosting and organizing voting related events, and creating power at the polls among the disability community.
Georgia’s Grassroots Connectors presented this Virtual Voter Advocacy & Education Day on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Savannah, GA. During this event we shared stories and voting experiences from people with and without disabilities, and we provided information on the Elections Integrity Act of Georgia.