Government choices affect all of us, but even more so for people who use direct services. Decades of advocacy experience tells us that legislators listen to voters. RCIL is leading discussions with legislators and senior government officials, but we can’t do it alone.
We need your help. Please register. Please vote.
Over 50 million people in the U.S. have disabilities, but only 11 million of those voters actually cast a ballot in the 2008 elections. It’s not that people with disabilities aren’t registering, it’s that they’re not voting on election day.*
What Are the Voting Deadlines?
To be eligible to vote in the 2011 elections, you must register by mail or in-person by October 14. Absentee Ballots applications are available until November 7 to apply in person for or have their ballot post-marked and until November 8 to deliver their ballot in person to their board of elections official. Click here for the New York State Board of Elections.
Where Can I Find Information About Candidates?
You can learn more about the positions and voting records of individual candidates at the federal level by visiting Project Vote Smart. Click here to visit.
For information on New York State races, candidates and issues, visit The New York State League of Women Voters website by clicking here.
Are Voting Sites Accessible?
If you’ve tried before and been frustrated by inaccessible equipment – there’s great news. The Help American Vote Act has helped site transition from the old style levers to modern, accessible equipment. The Image Cast ballot marking device and ballot scanning equipment now allows all voters to cast private independent paper ballots.
• Visual: Voters can listen to the candidate selections over headphones, or view an LCD screen with an image of their ballot that can be adjusted for size and contrast.
• Mobility: A "Sip-N-Puff" or paddle device may also be used by voters with limited hand dexterity.
RCIL works closely with public officials to make all voting sites are accessible. If your site isn’t, please contact Donna Gillette at 315.797.4642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will work with the New York State Board of Elections and local officials to address any problems at your polling site.
* Disability Voter Turnout Information:American Association of Persons with Disabilities,2011
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FREE TAX PREPARATION
RCIL is offering free federal and state tax preparation and filing assistance through the website MYFREE Taxes.
MyFree Taxes at RCIL’s Genesee Street, Utica NY Location
The free service is open to individuals and families who earned $58,000 or less in 2013. It is provided through a partnership between the IRS and the Mohawk Valley Asset Building Coalition.
The MyFree Taxes partnership works with filers to maximize their refunds and help eligible families and individuals claim valuable tax credits to help keep more money in their pockets. MyFreeTaxes.com is an easy, fast and secure federal and state tax filing site powered by H&R Block ®. The online tool allows eligible taxpayers to self-file for free using a simple step-by-step process that includes telephone and online chat support.
Those individuals interested in filing in person can visit RCIL's Genesee Street office at 1607 Genesee Street, Utica, where certified tax professionals can be available to assist you, if needed. Our Genesee Street tax site hours are Tuesdays 10:00-7:00 and Wednesday through Saturday 10:00-4:00.
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