Category Archives: 2021

National Disability Voter Registration Week 2021

REV UP Announcement from AAPD.com – April 1, 2021

Since 2016, the American Association of People with Disabilities has hosted National Disability Voter Registration Week, a week that brings together disability and voting rights advocates across the U.S. to celebrate and grow the power of the disability vote. National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) usually takes place in July every year and features voter registration drives, celebrations, trainings, and digital outreach centered on the disability vote.

We have an exciting announcement about National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) in 2021. After talking with each other and with REV UP organizers and partners, we have decided to shift NDVRW from the third week of July to the third week of September. This means that the 2021 dates for NDVRW are now September 13-17, 2021. Hosting NDVRW in September will align better with when REV UP organizers and partners, as well as the general public, engage in voting and elections. Here’s why:

  • Many organizers will have more time to participate in NDVRW in September. In July, many people in our community are busy planning and participating in events marking the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, conferences, and summer programs.
  • In September, NDVRW will take place before many general election voter registration deadlines, and the urgency of November elections may increase overall engagement in NDVRW.
  • NDVRW will also build excitement in our community for National Voter Registration Day which takes place the following week in September.

With the ongoing attacks on voting rights in states across the country, our mission of building the power of the disability vote has new challenges. We are eager to continue to partner with all of you this year and during NDVRW in September to build the power of the disability vote. So far, organizers have shared positive feedback for this date change, and if you have any additional questions or feedback, reach out to Lilian Aluri at laluri@aapd.com.

Summary: The American Association of People with Disabilities leads a week of talking with our communities about voting and making sure people with disabilities are ready to vote in the next election. This week is called National Disability Voter Registration Week, and it is usually in July. In the future, National Disability Voter Registration Week will be in September. In 2021, National Disability Voter Registration Week is September 13-17. Changing the date of National Disability Voter Registration Week will make it easier for people to get involved and help out.

Executive Order on Promoting Access to Voting

From the White House – March 7, 2021

Visit whitehouse.gov for this expansive Executive Order, from President Joe Biden, on voting access. The order addresses all aspects of voting, from registration to voting, and considers all barriers.

Below is the beginning of Section 1: Purpose, and Section 7: Ensuring Access for Voters with Disabilities

Section 1.  Purpose.  The right to vote is the foundation of American democracy. Free and fair elections that reflect the will of the American people must be protected and defended. But many Americans, especially people of color, confront significant obstacles to exercising that fundamental right. These obstacles include difficulties with voter registration, lack of election information, and barriers to access at polling places. For generations, Black voters and other voters of color have faced discriminatory policies and other obstacles that disproportionally affect their communities. These voters remain more likely to face long lines at the polls and are disproportionately burdened by voter identification laws and limited opportunities to vote by mail. Limited access to language assistance remains a barrier for many voters. People with disabilities continue to face barriers to voting and are denied legally required accommodations in exercising their fundamental rights and the ability to vote privately and independently. Members of our military serving overseas, as well as other American citizens living abroad, also face challenges to exercising their fundamental right to vote.

 Sec. 7.  Ensuring Equal Access for Voters with Disabilities.  Within 270 days of the date of this order, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) within the Department of Commerce shall evaluate the steps needed to ensure that the online Federal Voter Registration Form is accessible to people with disabilities.  During that period, NIST, in consultation with the Department of Justice, the Election Assistance Commission, and other agencies, as appropriate, shall also analyze barriers to private and independent voting for people with disabilities, including access to voter registration, voting technology, voting by mail, polling locations, and poll worker training.  By the end of the 270-day period, NIST shall publish recommendations regarding both the Federal Voter Registration Form and the other barriers it has identified.

AAPD REVUP – The Disability Vote in 2020.

The Disability Vote in 2020

A record number of voters overcame many different barriers to cast their ballot in the 2020 elections. New data on the disability vote in 2020 provides insights into how people with disabilities voted and what barriers continue to create a gap in voter turnout between people with and without disabilities.

Dr. Lisa Schur and Dr. Doug Kruse, researchers at Rutgers University, shared key insights on the experience of voters with disabilities in the 2020 elections. Dr. Schur and Dr. Kruse’s research on the disability vote in 2020 was commissioned and supported by the Election Assistance Commission.

This event was hosted by the American Association of People with Disabilities’ REV UP Campaign, which launched in 2016, and is composed of state and national coalitions that work to advance the Disability Vote. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power! REV UP’s mission is to foster civic engagement and protect the voting rights of Americans with disabilities.

Recap

If you missed the online forum, or would like to refer to it, AAPD has released both the powerpoint slide presentation and the transcript of the event.

19th Suffolk Candidate Forum

Thursday, February 25 at 6 p.m.

The race to replace longtime Rep. Robert DeLeo is a snapshot of a state in flux. This Thursday at 6 p.m. hear from the candidates vying for the 19th Suffolk House seat during a candidate forum hosted by the State House News Service. SHNS’ Katie Lannan and Matt Murphy moderate a discussion among the six candidates on local issues, public policy, and working in the State House. Register for this free event here.

Special Election – Revere and Winthrop

A new representative to replace retired State Representative Robert DeLeo will be determined by voters in Suffolk District 19 – Revere and WInthrop.  If you know people in this district, encourage them to vote!

2021 Timeline

  • Wednesday, February 10 – Last day to register to vote before the Primary election.
  • Tuesday, March 2 – Primary Election
  • Wednesday, March 10 – Last day to register to vote before Election
  • Tueady, March 30 – Election for State Representative in Suffolk District 19

Primary Candidates

  • (Democrat) VALENTINO CAPOBIANCO 53 Prospect Ave., Winthrop Winthrop School Committee Member
  • (Democrat) ALICIA CATHRYN DelVENTO 46 Harborview Ave., Winthrop
  • (Democrat) JUAN PABLO JARAMILLO 382 Ocean Ave., Revere Planning Board Member, Revere
  • (Democrat) JEFFREY ROSARIO TURCO 61 Court Rd., Winthrop Former Winthrop Town Council President
  • (Republican) PAUL A. CARUCCIO 74 Ingleside Ave., Winthrop

Voting Options

The Vote By Mail option has been extended through March for Massachusetts residents. We do not think that applications will be sent out. Instead, voters should visit the state website and download the Vote By Mail application. You will need to get the completed application to Town Hall, the sooner the better!

Special Elections do not typically offer early voting, but verify this information at Town Hall.