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AAPD will advocate for policies that allow people with disabilities to fully participate in the political process, including ensuring the accessibility of polling locations and through promoting the availability of accessible voting technology.

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REV UP: Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power

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!

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.

 

If you are unable to access the voter registration form through the button above click here.
If you are a resident of a US territory you can register to vote at Vote.gov

Voter Registration Deadlines from USA.gov

 

Get Involved

Establish or Join the REV UP Disability Voting Coalition in your State

The purpose of REV UP State Disability Voting Coalitions is to influence election and policy outcomes at the local, state, and national level. We have Coalitions established and developing in 21 states and are working to expand to more! We are looking for leaders who can pull together and organize advocates in their state to work together around voter registration and engagement activities and help establish a strong, diverse Coalition. The 2018 midterm elections are just over a year away – contact us if you are interested in getting involved.

National Disability Voter Registration Week

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! 2018 dates coming soon!

 

Statement of Support for the REV UP Campaign and National Disability Voter Registration Week

We are collecting sign-ons from organizations (national, state, and local) to show their support for the REV UP Campaign and National Disability Voter Registration Week. Supporting organizations will have their name and logo listed on the REV UP website to show the vast support behind the Campaign. Sign-on here!

 

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).

 

Register

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.
  • TurboVoteAn 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.

Educate

Resources and tools for voter education.

  • 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!

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Top 3 best fact checking sites – icitizen shared a blog about the top 3 best fact checking sites to help stay on top of the news and determine the truth.

Vote

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law – Information on guardianship and voting. Learn more!
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • The First Step: A Basic Guide to Civic Engagement – Disability Rights Texas produced this civic engagement guide to help citizens understand how they can get involved in their community.
  • They Work For Us: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Getting Through to your Elected Officials – an advocacy toolkit from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network available in plain text and easy read versions.
  • How to Set up a Meeting with Your Member of Congress – Families USA provides a step-by-step guide that outlines how to have a successful meeting with Members of Congress.
  • United Way – The United Way offers a Voter Engagement Toolkit with information on how to remain nonpartisan while engaging voters.
  • 2016 Voter Experience Survey – Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) compiled a final report based on their survey of 761 voters with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 40 states about their experiences voting.
  • Calling All Siblings: Share Your Stories! – The Sibling Leadership Network is collecting stories on how individuals have helped their siblings with disabilities vote.
  • 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.

 

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