National Disability Voter Registration Week

July 17-21, 2017



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Retired Senators Bob Dole and Tom Harkin issued a joint statement of support for National Disability Voter Registration Week 2017,

Retired Senators Bob Dole and Tom Harkin issued a joint statement of support for National Disability Voter Registration Week 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!

This year, AAPD is pleased to announce a partnership with EveryLibrary to bring National Disability Voter Registration Week 2017 to libraries across the country. Libraries in over 40 states have signed on to promote the goals the July 17 -21, 2017 National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) through programming, outreach, public education, and voter registration partnerships or on-site services. Learn more about the AAPD and EveryLibrary partnership.

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!

 

National Disability Voter Registration Week 2017 – Organizing Call

June 9, 2017 | 1pm ET

To prepare for National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) on July 17-21, the REV UP Campaign will host a National Organizing Call on Friday, June 9 at 1pm Eastern Time. During this call we’ll discuss the REV UP Campaign’s state coalition strategy, general voter registration strategies, and examples from current REV UP state partners. There will also be an opportunity for participants to ask questions.

 

Hosting a Voter Registration Event

Getting people with disabilities registered to vote is the first step to increasing the political power of people with disabilities. Submit information about your event here and we will include it on the REV UP State Resources and Events page.

  • Voter Registration Drive Kit
    ElectionTools.org gathered a collection of guidelines and tools to assist community organizations with planning and holding successful voter registration events.
  • Voter Registration Resource Library
    Nonprofit VOTE offers a host of resources on a variety of topics relating to voter engagement. Their section on voter registration includes:
    -A Voter Registration Toolkit
    -Seven Reasons for a Nonprofit to Do Voter Registration
    -A Voter Registration Checklist
    -Voter Registration Training Video
    -Sample Script for Voter Registration
    -And much more…
  • Voter Engagement Toolkit
    United Way offers a comprehensive voter engagement toolkit that includes a guide for planning and conducting a voter registration event. The guide also addresses voter education, connecting with candidates, ballot measures, utilizing social media, and more.

 

Collect Your Data!

An important part of building our political power is collecting data and building lists to show that there are many people with disabilities who are registered and plan to vote. In 2016, Rutgers University estimated that 35.4 million people with disabilities are eligible to vote – this number increases to 62.7 million eligible voters, 25% of the total electorate, when we include family members of people with disabilities. We need your help to collect data and show the impact of our efforts. Please use the National Disability Voter Registration Week Reporting Form to record the number of people you register during National Disability Voter Registration Week.

 

Additional Ways to Participate in National Disability Voter Registration Week

  • Activate you social media. The REV UP Campaign has compiled some sample social media posts that you can pair with REV UP logos and graphics.
  • Hold a press event or conference with local partners to announce national and local efforts to get new people with disabilities registered to vote, educated on disability issues, and committed to get out the DISABILITY VOTE. If possible, coordinate multiple sites around your state to host press events at the same time. Download a press release template here.
  • Organize a rally of voters with disabilities and disability advocates to promote the REV UP 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.
  • Include REV UP 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.
  • Go to your Governor, Mayor, City Council, County Commissioner, State Representative, etc. to get the week of July 17-21, 2017 officially declared as National Disability Voter Registration Week (a draft Proclamation is available here). This is a great way to develop a relationship with you local and state government. Please send any Proclamations you get to Zach Baldwin at zbaldwin@aapd.com so we can show the influence of REV UP across the country!

 

2017 National Disability Voter Registration Week Proclamations

 

2016 National Disability Voter Registration Week (July 11-15, 2016)

 

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!

Thank you for doing your part to make the DISABILITY VOTE count!

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