Ben Breaux Is a proud new registered voter in our county. He joins more than 700,000 active registered voters in Fairfax County. While we think all our voters are great, Ben is special to us because he overcame more obstacles than most. He is a young man who is non-verbal autistic.
After Ben came to the Office of Elections recently, he posted on his Facebook page about his experience. With Ben’s permission, we share his story to encourage everyone who has a disability (and meets eligibility requirements) to register to vote and make sure your voter registration is up to date.
I have exciting news! I recently received my voter registration card in the mail.
A while ago, my family, Jess and I made a special trip to the Fairfax County Government Center to complete my Virginia voter registration.
There, I proudly signed and handed in my registration application. I then had my photo taken and gave my electronic signature for a voter identification card. This is my first official photo identification card, which is very exciting for me. But what is even more exciting is that I am now able to vote and participate in our democracy!
What a momentous time in my life this is! I have a deep sense of gratitude for everyone who helped make this possible for people like me. And for my dedicated mother I want to truly thank her for having the tenacity to fully research the best process for me to achieve this very important personal goal.
I really encourage others with disabilities to register to vote and to be sure to remember to fully use that right by voting whenever possible, no matter whether regarding local, state, or national issues.
Unfortunately, many people with disabilities are not given the same opportunities to register to vote as our neuro-typical peers, mostly due to our separated education. I realize that most families, parents and guardians of someone with autism or other disabilities lead very busy lives and it can be hard to find time for things like aiding in the voter registration process.
Voting is a great privilege we have in our country. I am incredibly thankful that I am able to vote, and I am so honored that I have the opportunity to help others exercise their rights, too!
Ben is looking into hosting a voter registration table to help other people with disabilities get information on steps they need to take to vote. For example, Ben needed to get a photo ID during his visit to the Office of Elections so that he could vote on Election Day.
Be like Ben and register to vote today. Already registered? Take a minute to make sure your voter registration is up to date. The voter registration deadline is Oct. 15 and Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.
- Fairfax County Office of Elections
- Virginia Voter Information
- Services and Resources for People With Disabilities