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 11-15, 2016
The REV UP Campaign is coordinating a National Disability Voter Registration Week to increase the political power of people with disabilities while also engaging candidates and the media to recognize the disability community.
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
Voter Information and Resources
There are numerous resources available to help you get registered to vote. See below for more information.
- Voter Registration Deadlines – USA.gov offers a table detailing the voter registration deadlines in each state.
- 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.
- 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.
- Calling All Siblings: Share Your Stories! – The Sibling Leadership Network is collecting stories on how individuals have helped their siblings with disabilities vote.
- Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC) Letter to Candidates – IDAC is mobilizing people of faith to sign a letter encouraging candidates to address disability concerns in their campaigns. Sign-on now!
- 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!
- 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.
- #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.
- Know Your Right To Vote – The Arc has compiled a resource on knowing your voting rights as a person with a disability.
- 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.
- Vote411.org and the League of Women Voters – Voter registration deadlines vary by state – find out the deadline for your state to be sure you register in time!
- 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.
- YO! Disabled and Proud – Take part in a voting survey specifically by and for youth with disabilities.
- 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.
- RespectAbility Report – a nonpartisan political commentary on the 2016 U.S. elections with a focus on disability issues. Read the report here.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nonprofit VOTE – Offers a Voter Engagement Resource Library containing fact sheets, checklists, toolkits, and other resources on nonpartisan voter engagement.