Join us for National Disability Voter Registration week

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on July 07, 2016 # Advocacy and Policy

As Americans it is our right and duty to vote and have a voice in the selection of our government leaders. However, for individuals living with a disability it can be difficult because of inaccessible polling locations, and lack of voting aids and voting technology to provide assistance. The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is working to bring awareness of these issues before November.

AAPD is holding National Disability Voter Registration week from July 11- 15 in collaboration with the REVUP! Campaign to encourage non-voters living with a disability to register for the 2016 election. AAPD is also encouraging the public to be part of the event by participating in a multitude of ways including:

  • Organize a rally of voters with disabilities and disability advocates to promote the REVUP! message and the power of the DISABILITY VOTE.
  • Write letters to the editor or Op-Eds and engage local radio or TV stations on the growing efforts by the disability community to become an influential voice in electoral politics this November and beyond.
  • Utilize your mail, email, and social media networks to provide information on voter registration and relevant disability issues in your area while also encouraging people to commit to vote on Election Day. View sample social media posts here.
  • Host a workshop or training on state voter registration rules as well as your rights as a person with a disability.
  • Include REVUP! and voter registration tables at upcoming events (especially any events around the 26th anniversary of the ADA).
  • Connect with other disability rights and voting rights organizations in your area.
  • Make your organization a polling place (Resources: How To Serve As A Polling Site and ADA Polling Place Checklist).
  • Go to your City Council, County Commissioner, State Representative, etc. to get the week of 7/11 – 7/15 declared DISABILITY VOTER REGISTRATION WEEK (a draft Resolution is available here).

Get more information on National Disability Voter Registration week

Download our factsheet for Voters with Disabilities