REV UP: Register, Educate, Vote and Use your Power
Full political participation for Americans with disabilities is a top priority. AAPD works with state and national coalitions on effective, non-partisan campaigns to eliminate barriers to voting, promote accessibility of voting technology and polling places; educate voters about issues and candidates; promote turnout of voters with disabilities across the country; engage candidates and the media on disability issues, and protect eligible voters’ right to participate in elections.
National Disability Voter Registration Week
July 17-21, 2017
The REV UP Campaign coordinates National Disability Voter Registration Week each year to increase the political power of people with disabilities while also engaging candidates and the media to recognize the disability community. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!
Voter Information and Resources
The list below is a resource to help you register to vote, learn about the issues, and organize the disability vote. The REV UP Campaign aims to increase the political power of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!
As a voter with a disability, you have the right to:
- Vote privately and independently
- Have an accessible polling place with voting machines for voters with disabilities
- Wheelchair-accessible voting booths
- Entrances and doorways that are at least 32 inches wide
- Handrails on all stairs
- Voting equipment that is accessible to voters who are blind or who have low vision
- Bring your service animal with you into your polling place
- Seek assistance from workers at the polling place who have been trained to use the accessible voting machine
- Bring someone to help you vote (including a friend, family member, caregiver, assisted living provider, or almost anyone else, but not your employer or union representative).
Resources and tools for voter registration.
- Voter Registration Deadlines – USA.gov offers a table detailing the voter registration deadlines in each state.
- Rock The Vote – Get registered, get informed, and get involved. Rock The Vote offers voter registration resources, election FAQs, and opportunities to help build the political power of young people in the United States.
- Long Distance Voter – Website where you can request an absentee ballot as well as view the deadline to register in each state.
- TurboVote – An application that makes voting easy. Sign up to keep track of your elections, local and national. You can also get registered, update your voter registration, or request an absentee ballot.
- Verify your Registration Status – Not sure if you’ve registered to vote? HeadCount offers an online tool to check your voter registration status and find your polling place.
Resources and tools for voter education.
- REV UP Presidential Candidate Questionnaire – Read the responses from the 2016 candidates to learn more about how they would address issues that are important to people with disabilities.
- 10 Tips for Voters with Disabilities – The US Election Assistance Commission created this tip sheet to help voters with disabilities vote privately and independently.
- Election 2016: Resources for People with Disabilities – Easterseals created this election hub to help individuals think about the issues and process of voting.
- SignVote – SignVote is a Deaf and Hard of Hearing community-based Voter GOTV mobilization effort.
Rooted In Rights – Watch a video and read through an informative page on how to register, where to learn about the candidates and issues, and how to find other resources. Check it out!
- #CripTheVote – View their Election 2016 Voter Guide for information on registering, learning your Primary Election date, finding your polling place, and how to overcome any accessibility challenges that arise. as well as blogs on Voting, Disabled Youth, & #CripTheVote and Disability Advocacy and Twitter: Why Use it?. You can also join the conversation online with #CripTheVote.
- One Vote Now – Partner project of NACDD and DREDF to enhance the voting bloc of people with disabilities. Visit their site for information on voting, registration, and polling place accessibility.
- DisBeat – A compilation of news from the disability perspective, including a voting issues page.
- NFB Newsline – The National Federation of the Blind has expanded the scope of Newsline, their audio newspaper service, to include coverage of the 2016 election. Call toll-free: 1-866-504-7300 for more information.
- RespectAbility Report – a nonpartisan political commentary on the 2016 U.S. elections with a focus on disability issues. Read the #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire for Presidential Candidates as well as the Senate / Governor Disability Vote Campaign Questionnaire and the 51 State Voter Guides.
- Tools to Rate Website Accessibility – The Pew Charitable Trusts wrote an article about various web accessibility tools to help ensure that voters with disabilities can access your content.
- Voting Methods and Equipment By State – The types of voting equipment used in the United States vary significantly from state to state. Ballotpedia offers this state-by-state guide.
- Election Assistance Commission – The national clearinghouse of information on election administration, from voting system testing and certification to data on how Americans voted in recent federal elections.Click here to learn more about voting accessibility.
Resources and tools for casting a ballot and access to the polls.
- Election Protection – Visit www.866ourvote.org or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) if you have any issues or concerns related to Election Day.
Call 888-Ve-Y-Vota (888-839-8682) for Bilingual English and Spanish assistance
Call 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) for assistance in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, or Tagalog
Call #YallaVote 844-418-1682 – Bilingual: English and Arabic
- State Protection & Advocacy Agencies – NCIL has compiled a directory of state protection and advocacy voter assistance hotlines.
- Voter Support Service – AAPD is proud to partner with The Arc of the United States on their Voter Support Service for people with disabilities. The site helps voters report and resolve voting barriers in real time.
- Voter Protection App for Latino Voters – LatinoJustice PRLDEF has launched a new smartphone voter protection app to help citizens report voting rights violations while voting in the 2016 elections. The app is in both English and Spanish and can be downloaded on iTunes and Google Play.
- Carpool Vote – A national platform connecting volunteer drivers with anybody needing a ride to cast their vote. The platform is accessible to voters with disabilities.
- Early Voting Calendar – Many states allow early voting, which takes place in person before Election Day. Vote.org offers a table detailing the early voting dates for states that offer it.
- Google Voting – Get polling place and ballot information quickly and easily from Google by searching “who’s on my ballot“ or “where to vote“
- SMS Tool – The Voting Information Project supports a SMS Tool that provides voters with election information via text message. By texting “VOTE” or “VOTO” to GOVOTE (468-683), voters can find polling places, contact information for local election officials, and registration URLs. The app is available in multiple languages.
- Voter ID Requirements – VoteRiders released a wallet-sized Voter ID Info Card (in English and Spanish) for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each card provides a breakdown of the voter ID requirements in that specific state. They also host a Voter ID Hotline: 1-844-338-8743.
- Know Your Right To Vote – The Arc has compiled a resource on knowing your voting rights as a person with a disability.
- Make Sure Your Voice is Heard at the Polls – AAPD and Easterseals collaborated to produce this Three-Step Checklist on the rights of voters with disabilities as well as a Voter Resource Card.
- Vote. It’s Your Right. – A guide to the voting rights of people with mental health disabilities. Produced by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, National Disability Rights Network, and Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.
- Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law – Information on guardianship and voting. Learn more!
- Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) – Information and resources on guardianship and voting, a Voter Education Toolkit, and GoVoter.
- ADA Checklist for Polling Places – This 25-page document is an updated technical assistance publication on polling place accessibility for voters with disabilities.
- Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Manual – The Voting Rights Subcommittee of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) has released a GOTV Manual for the 2016 election.
Use your Power
Resources and tools for amplifying the power of the disability vote.
- Nonprofit VOTE – Offers a Voter Engagement Resource Library containing fact sheets, checklists, toolkits, and other resources on nonpartisan voter engagement as well as Seven Tips on Getting Out the Vote and their newly updated online guide for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
- Activate Social Media – The REV UP Campaign has compiled some sample social media posts that you can pair with REV UP logos and graphics. You can also tweet the presidential candidates about the 2016 REV UP Presidential Questionnaire.
- The Election Toolkit – The Center for Technology and Civil Life (CTCL) created a website that holds a collection of free (or cheap) tools that are built for you to use to increase civic engagement — turnout, voter registration — and to smooth operations in polling places.
- GOTV Phone Banking Guide – The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) has prepared a guide for conducting get-out-the-vote (GOTV) phone calls.
- United Way – The United Way offers a Voter Engagement Toolkit with information on how to remain nonpartisan while engaging voters.
- Calling All Siblings: Share Your Stories! – The Sibling Leadership Network is collecting stories on how individuals have helped their siblings with disabilities vote.
- Open Records Laws – The National Association of Counties has a State By State Report on Open Records Laws that provides information on the process of requesting public information in every state.
- Political Campaigns and Charities – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a guide to help nonprofit organizations determine how to legally participate in voter education and engagement activities. Watch the webinar or read the PDF Course.
The American Association of People with Disabilities, the National Council on Independent Living, and the REV UP Campaign are pleased to release the 2016 Presidential Candidate Questionnaire. These questions have been sent to all of the current presidential candidates. Their responses will be shared publicly once received.
Responses to date:
- Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump
A comparison of their responses to the REV UP Presidential Candidate Questionnaire
REV UP Debrief Call
November 16, 2016 | 3:30pm ET
Election Day is November 8, 2016. We have all been working hard to REV UP the disability vote this year and there is no doubt that we have had an impact. Thank you to everyone who joined us in this campaign! We’d like to host another conference call to debrief on this election and our collective efforts. Please join us to review our accomplishments, hear from organizers around the country, and look ahead to 2017 and beyond. Register for the call here.
REV UP GOTV National Organizing Call
October 4, 2016 | 4pm ET
Join the REV UP Campaign for a National Organizing Call focused on GOTV activities for the disability community. Many states will reach their voter registration deadline in October. As such, it is time for us to begin shifting our focus from voter registration to Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) activities as we lead up to Election Day on November 8th.
REV UP for National Voter Registration Day
September 27, 2016
Tuesday September 27th marks National Voter Registration Day – a day when volunteers, celebrities, and organizations promote awareness of voter registration opportunities.
The REV UP Campaign is excited to participate in National Voter Registration Day and encourages all of the state and local REV UP Campaigns to sign-up as partners and plan to hold voter registration events on September 27th. We want to build on the success we achieved during National Disability Voter Registration Week and this day presents an opportunity for one more concerted effort to register voters with disabilities before hitting the state voter registration deadlines in mid- to late-October.
On September 8th the REV UP Campaign hosted a National Organizing Call to help organize the disability community’s participation in National Voter Registration Day.
- Listen to the call recording
- View the call CART transcript
- Additional Ideas and Resources for Participating in National Voter Registration Day
People of Faith Encourage Candidates to Address Disability Concerns
The Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC), a program of AAPD, is mobilizing people of faith to sign a letter encouraging candidates to address disability concerns in their campaigns. The letter encourages candidates for public office to address these disparities and set forth a “vision to encourage the civil rights of people with disabilities, and to promote their full inclusion in society.”
- Baptist News Global – Faith groups work to mobilize ‘disability vote’
Disciples News Service – Guest blog: Faith groups work to mobilize disability vote
Lutheran Services in America – Encouraging Candidates to Address Disability Concerns
- American Baptist Home Mission Societies – ABHMS signs letter urging candidates to address disability concerns
- Patheos, Muslimah Next Door – People of Faith Encourage Presidential Candidates to Address Disability Concerns
- Religion News Service – Clearing the remaining obstacles for Americans with disabilities is a moral obligation
- Christian Reformed Church – Letter Seeks Support of Presidential Candidates