National Disability Voter Registration Week 2021

September 13-20, 2021

White rectangular and horizontal graphic with the National Disability Voter Registration Week logo on the left which has a red, blue, and white ballot box logo on top and the text “National Disability Voter Registration Week September 13-17 & 20, 2021” in black and “An AAPD REV UP Initiative, www.aapd.com/ndvrw” in red text. On the right is a round REV UP logo with a ring on the outside that has red on the top half of the ring and white text saying “Register, Education, Vote! Use your Power!” and blue on the bottom half with white text, saying “Make the Disability Vote Count.” Inside the ring is REV UP! In blue and red letters.

What is National Disability Voter Registration Week?

Every year, the REV UP Campaign coordinates National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) to increase the political power of people with disabilities by sharing resources and getting folks registered to vote. This year, NDVRW is September 13-20, 2021. In the last election, an estimated 38 million people with disabilities were eligible to vote, and we invite national, state, and local organizations to participate in NDVRW in order to continue to raise the disability voice and civic participation across the country in 2021 and beyond!

Now Available: 2021 NDVRW Partner Toolkit!

How Can I Get Involved with NDVRW?

There are many ways to participate in NDVRW! To get involved, you can:

  1. Host a Voter Registration or Education Event! Host an event to register people with disabilities to vote or help voters in your state understand the rules, disability voting rights, voting options, safety-protocols, and key dates for the 2021 elections. For ideas and guidance on hosting an event, check out our NDVRW Partner Toolkit.
  2. Activate your Social Media! Use the power and reach of social media to motivate your network to register and vote and inform voters on your state’s election rules and dates. For sample social media posts and graphics, check out our NDVRW Social Media Toolkit.
  3. Write letters to the editor or Op-Eds and engage local radio or TV stations on the growing efforts by the disability community. Check out The Op-Ed Project for tips on writing a compelling Op-Ed!
  4. Organize a candidate town hall event or distribute candidate questionnaires to engage candidates with people with disabilities in your community. As a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization you must send an invitation to all candidates. Nonprofit VOTE offers additional resources and guides on staying nonpartisan.
  5. Connect with other disability rights and voting rights organizations in your area to partner on events and initiatives during NDVRW.
  6. Ask your Governor, Mayor, City Council, County Commissioner, or State Representative to issue a proclamation declaring September 13-17 & 20, 2021, National Disability Voter Registration Week. Find a draft Proclamation here and send any Proclamations you receive to laluri@aapd.com!

NDVRW Resources & Tools

Getting people with disabilities registered to vote is the first step to increasing the political power of people with disabilities. Below are links to tools and resources to help you get involved in NDVRW 2021:

  • NDVRW Trainings – August 5 Transcript & Recording, August 11 Transcript & Recording
  • NDVRW Signup Form – Sign up to participate in NDVRW through planning events or other activities!
  • NDVRW Partner Toolkit – Tools and resources for organizing events and initiatives to build the power of the disability vote.
  • NDVRW Social Media Toolkit – Sample social media language and social media graphics in English and Spanish.
  • Register Your NDVRW Event – Share details for events you are planning so we can share them with our network!
  • NDVRW Flyers (English, Español, Plain Language Coming Soon) – Share about NDVRW with your partners!
  • NDVRW Sample Proclamation – Encourage your local officials to issue a proclamation for NDVRW 2021!
  • NDVRW Press Release Template – Download and edit this press release template to share your involvement in NDVRW 2021 in your state and communities.
  • NDVRW Partners – Supporting Organizations will have their name and logo listed on the REV UP website to show the vast support behind the Campaign.
  • NDVRW Spanish Materials (in progress)*

*Special thanks to Fabiola Tortajada, Laura Marquez from Paso Del Norte Children’s Development Center, and María Vicky Díaz, Dr. Sara M. Acevedo, and Dr. Federico Waitoller with the National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities/Coalición Nacional para Latinxs con Discapacidades (CNLD) for support with Spanish translations of NDVRW materials.

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