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ADA Celebration in Boston with Automark!

Automark Demo at ADA Celebration!

Boston’s Election Department will have an Automark Machine set up.  They will be training attendees who may not have used one before or would like a refresher on how the Automark works.

ADA Celebration in Boston

Tuesday, July 23:  12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
Boston City Hall Plaza, One City Hall Square, Boston

A free event for children, families, and individuals of all abilities!
ADA Celebration Day is a yearly celebration of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is held in Boston around the last week of July near the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act signing. Each year, we honor a local organization that has made an impact on accessibility or inclusion in Boston. ADA Celebration Day is an event for people of all ages and all abilities to come together and celebrate a milestone in the disability community.

The public is invited to join us for:

  • Food
  • Music
  • Resource fair
  • Friends, and
  • Fun

ASL and CART provided. For additional accommodation requests, call 617-635-3682 or e-mail disability@boston.gov.

Webinar: Staying Nonpartisan – Rules for 501(c)(3) Organizations (July 31)

When:
     July 31 at 2 p.m. ET
Register Online:
Speaker:
     David Levitt of Adler & Colvin
When hyperpartisanship seems to define our times, how can we, as nonprofits, remain reliable sources of information to those we serve without crossing the line?
From voter registration to candidate engagement, social media to personal time, you have a lot of questions, join us on July 31 at 2pmET as David Levitt of Adler & Colvin walks us through the do’s and don’ts of nonprofit voter engagement activity.
Offered free by Nonprofit Vote.

Time Mag: Voter Turnout Surged Among People With Disabilities Last Year

Voter Turnout Surged Among People With Disabilities Last Year. Activists Want to Make Sure That Continues in 2020

Time Magazine
July 10, 2019 by Abigail Abrams

…” new data shows that politicians who ignore disabled Americans may be missing out on a growing group of voters whose support could be up for grabs in 2020 — and activists are hoping to take advantage of this momentum.” …

This article contains several links to important ongoing efforts to get the vote out and to improve the focus on disability issues with our candidates and elected officials, including REV Up and NCIL.

Read the article at https://time.com/5622652/disability-voter-turnout-2020/

Voter turnout increase was documented in a pdf Rutgers Report from researchers at Rutgers University.  “Voter turnout surged by 8.5 points in 2018 among citizens with disabilities relative to the 2014 midterm elections.”

AAPD also has a press release describing this positive information!

2020 Presidential Primary Candidate Survey on Disability

From the Disability Rights Center in New Hampshire.  DRC partners with 24 disability advocacy organizations in NH.

In an effort to inform individuals with disabilities about the 2020 presidential primary candidates twenty-four New Hampshire based organizations joined together and requested that each campaign answer five disability related questions. You can view candidate responses below, either by selecting a particular candidate or by selecting a particular question.

Topics included are:

  • Employment’
  • Assistive Technology
  • Special Education
  • Mental Health Services
  • Workforce Shortage

You can view the answers by candidate, or by question.

drcnh.org/2020-presidential-candidate-survey

 

July 15 – 19: National Disability Voter Registration Week!

July 15 – 19, 2019

Be Seen.  Be Heard.  Be Counted.

“In 2020, approximately 23% of the American electorate — over 35 million individuals — will be people with disabilities. Your vote affects everything. Who you vote for impacts your civil rights and direct access to health care, education, transportation, housing and the list goes on and on. We encourage you to participate in our non-partisan REV UP campaign to increase the political power & civic participation of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues.”  from AAPD – American Association of People with Disabilities

National Disability Voter Registration Week

2020 Candidates – No Accessible Websites!

Not one 2020 candidate has a website that is accessible to the blind

From Vox.com, June 26, 2019 by s. e. smith

2020 candidates and disability

“On Tuesday, a day before the first Democratic debates, every presidential candidate (including the Republican one) was called out by the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired for having an inaccessible campaign site”.

The 2020 elections are a year and a half away.  Clearly, it is not too early to make sure the candidates are focusing on disability issues!  This article also talks about which candidates have at least mentioned disability issues.

If you have a favorite candidate, reach out to them, and let them know that the disability vote counts!  And disability issues matter.

Voter Turnout in 2019

From Non Profit Vote – This report is especially interesting in that it tries to indicate what policies could be driving higher voter participation.  At 17th in the list with 54.6% participation as compared to the highest at 64.2% (Minnesota), Massachusetts has room to improve!

“You likely already know the 2018 Midterms broke all kinds of voter turnout records in an election that has been deemed “historic.” With the release of our 7th biennial “America Goes to the Polls” report – a joint effort with the U.S. Election Project – we dig into that election and reveal the official voter turnout ranking of all 50 states. But ranking the states is only half the story, the other half is identifying the various voter registration and election policies that give some states a big turnout advantage over others.
 
We examine how policies like Same Day Registration, Vote at Home, and Automatic Voter Registration play a demonstrable role in encouraging voter turnout, especially in the states that ranked in the top 10. We also look at how the more restrictive 4-week registration deadlines depress turnout in the bottom 10 states.
 

The report is packed with useful information, charts, and graphs that can help you spread the word about your own voter advocacy work or help highlight how your state needs to do more to ensure every eligible citizen has access to the polls. “

Download the report:   Voter Turnout in 2019

Debates – Updated 10/29

We have provided links to both past and future debates.

  • October 3:  Attorney General Debate between incumbent Maura Healey and challenger Jay McMahon. The debate was hosted by WGBH News and moderated by Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. View on pbs.org.
  • Tuesday, October 9 .: Gubernatorial Debate is between incumbent Charlie Baker and opponent Jay Gonzalez.   Jonathan Keller moderated.  View on C-Span.
  • Wednesday, October 17 from 7 p.m. – 8 on WGBH (Channel 2) and WGBY Springfield:  Gubernatorial Debate is between incumbent Charlie Baker and opponent Jay Gonzalez.   View on C-Span.
  • Friday, October 19 from 8 p.m. – 9 on WBZ Channel 38.   Senatorial Debate where Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Warren faces Republican Geoff Diehl.  Watch on YouTube.com.
  • Sunday, October 21 at 7 p.m. sponsored by WBGY Springfield:  At this Senatorial Debate,  incumbent Elizabeth Warren faced Geoff Diehl.   View at C-Span.
  • Monday, October 22 from 7 – 7:30 p.m. WGBH Channel 2:  Secretary of State Bill Galvin (D) will debate his opponent, Anthony Amore (R), on the Jim Braude Show.  View on wgbh.org.
  • Tuesday, October 24 – Attorney General Debate between incumbent Maura Healey and challenger Jay McMahon.  Listen on facebook.com/radioboston.
  • Tuesday, October 30 – Senatorial Debate,  incumbent Elizabeth Warren against Geoff Diehl.  Broadcast live on WCVB Channel 5 at 7 p.m. and streamed on WCVB.com, BostonGlobe.com and Boston.com.
  • Thursday, November 1 – : Gubernatorial Debate between incumbent Charlie Baker and opponent Jay Gonzalez.  Broadcast live on WCVB Channel 5 at 7 p.m.