Impact Feature Issue on Political Activism and Voter Participation by Persons with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities
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 knewthat 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 his 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 I can be when I vote.
I can make a difference and then I can say with pride,
but my President
because I helped put him there.”