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Did you know that voting is good for your mental health? By heading out to vote, you can make a real difference in your community and be part of true positive change. With early voting already happening in 33 states and Election Day just one week away, we’ve compiled this handy guide so you can vote for mental health!

First things first, here’s some things you need to know:

• If you have mental illness, your right to vote is protected by the U.S. Constitution.
Only a court can find someone mentally incompetent and therefore (in some states) not allowed to vote.
• If a poll worker challenges this right, they must let you vote by allowing to you vote using a Provisional Ballot.
• You are allowed to have someone help you vote if you need, and you can choose who that person is.

Do not leave without voting!

If you have problems voting, you can call Election Protection at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).

Source: http://www.bazelon.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2018-Voter-Guide-Updated.pdf

 


 

Mental Health Ballot Measures by State

If you’re unsure of some of the things affecting mental health in your area, check out these ballot measures we’ve collected to help get you updated:

 

California
PROP 2: MENTAL HEALTH MONEY FOR HOUSING
Give the state permission to borrow $2 billion to fund supportive housing for those suffering with mental illness and to repay the cost of that bond with money set aside for mental health services.

Read more: https://ivn.us/2018/10/03/california-11-ballot-measures-get-decide-november/

 

Colorado
Larimer County
Ballot Issue 1A Mental Health Matters Sales Tax Increase
Ballot Issue 1A asks voters to decide whether to approve a sales and use tax to fund mental and behavioral health services and a facility that will serve as a hub.

Read more: https://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/10/12/colorado-2018-election-larimer-county-issue-1-mental-health-behavioral-health-detox-ballot/1537216002/

 

Denver
Ballot Initiative 301 (Caring 4 Denver)
This would increase the sales tax by 0.25 percentage points to raise $45 million per year for mental health services and housing, including suicide prevention, substance abuse treatment and specialized housing.

Read More:
https://www.westword.com/news/caring-4-denver-what-is-it-10803843

 

Georgia
Referendum B
Helps nonprofits provide permanent housing to homeless people with mental illness. Referendum B would allow a property tax exemption for nonprofit housing of these individuals in residences that get tax credit financing from for-profit business entities.

Read More:
http://www.georgiahealthnews.com/2018/10/georgia-ballot-measure-housing-homeless-mental-illness/

 

Ohio
Butler County
Tax levies from 5 school districts in Butler County will impose a tax to be used for school safety officers and mental health counselors.

Read More:
http://www.dailyjournal.net/2018/10/09/oh-election-2018-ballot-measures-ohio-2/

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