National Disability Voter Registration Week
July 13-17, 2020
What is it?
The REV UP Campaign coordinates National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) to make a concerted effort to get people with disabilities registered to vote, educated about this year’s election, and prepared to cast a ballot in the 2020 elections. With an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NDVRW will focus on virtual events, social media, and other digital organizing across the country, garnering attention from media and candidates about the electorate of people with disabilities and the issues that are important to the disability community.
Why does it matter?
- The disability community has the potential to become a powerful voting bloc – there were 4 million eligible voters with disabilities in 2016; when we include our family members in the same household that number jumps to 62.7 million eligible voters (about 25% of the total electorate);
- Voting can protect the issues people with disabilities care about (the Americans with Disabilities Act; Medicaid; accessible transportation; affordable, accessible housing, etc.), especially at the state and local levels;
- A politically-engaged disability community can make elected officials think twice before they infringe on our rights, access, and choice to live in the community.