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Free Voting Webinars from National REV UP

Free Webinars from REV UP / AAPD (American Association of People with Disabilities)

Health Action Webinar: What’s at Stake in the 2018 Elections
September 20, 2018 | 1pm ET

The 2018 elections will be critical in determining whether health care options are available for families and adults for years to come. Join Families USA experts for a discussion on what to expect on the state and national level. With Medicaid expansion ballot initiatives, governors’ races, and elections with party control of state legislatures hanging in the balance, the future of health care has never been such a critical issue in the voting booth at the state level. What’s more, the Congressional midterms will have a critical influence on the future of the Affordable Care Act and the structure of the Medicaid program as we know it.

REV UP Webinar: Access Barriers to Voter Education Materials

September 21, 2018 | 2pm ET

Join this collaborative webinar hosted by the DOnetwork and the REV UP Campaign to learn more about barriers to accessing election information, including information on candidates and the issues. The webinar will explore how political campaigns, hosts of candidate forums, and election officials can make their materials and information more accessible to people with disabilities. Webinar presenters include the National Council on Independent Living and the Center for Disability Empowerment.

National Voter Registration Day

September 25, 2018

National Voter Registration Day is a national holiday celebrating our democracy. It was first observed in 2012 and has been growing in popularity every year since. Held on the fourth Tuesday of September, National Voter Registration Day will be observed on Tuesday, September 25th this year. The holiday has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). It is further supported by the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED).

REV UP Webinar: Breaking Barriers to Voting

October 18, 2018 | 1pm ET

Join this collaborative webinar hosted by the DOnetwork and the REV UP Campaign to learn more about barriers to voting. The webinar will explore polling place accessibility, poll worker training, how to navigate voting barriers, vote by mail accessibility, and knowing your rights as a disabled voter. Participants will also have a chance to ask questions. Webinar presenters include Disability Rights DC, Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities (South Carolina), Disability Rights Oregon, and Disability Rights Iowa.

Webinar – Access Barriers to Voter Education Materials

For more information, or to register online (free), visit disabilityorganizing.net.

When:  September 21, 2018 at 2 p.m ET

Join this collaborative webinar hosted by the DOnetwork and the REV UP Campaign to learn more about barriers to accessing election information, including information on candidates and the issues.

The webinar will explore how political campaigns, hosts of candidate forums, and election officials can make their materials and information more accessible to people with disabilities. Webinar presenters include the National Council on Independent Living and the Center for Disability Empowerment.

The REV UP Campaign, launched by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) in 2016, is a nonpartisan initiative that coordinates with national, state, and local disability organizations to increase the political power of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. The Campaign focuses on voter registration, education, access, and engagement. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power! Learn more at www.aapd.com/REVUP.

6th Middlesex State Rep (Chris Walsh’s seat)

Framingham voters who select a Democratic primary ballot will see a blank space for their State Rep.  Representative Chris Walsh passed away in May, leaving insufficient time for candidates to apply to be on the September primary ballot. As a result, the Democratic primary candidate for his seat will be determined by write ins on the ballot.

The Framingham Source has more information on the race.   FraminghamSource.com

The Disability Justice Initiative

Launched by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank in Washington, D.C.,  the new project intends to “include disability expertise in all internal conversations and projects, while modeling the necessity and utility of such inclusion to other groups that work in progressive spaces”.  …”disability isn’t a niche issue; there are over 57 million Americans with disabilities”…

Read the article from the Pacific Standard.  Published August 14, 2018 by David M. Perry

Vote Together

Vote Together is a crowdsourcing effort to bring neighbors together to plan local celebrations at polling places. ” From backyard BBQs to block parties and parades, families, friends, and neighbors are making voting a time of togetherness and fun.”

REV UP MA voters can participate by signing up on their website.  http://votetogetherusa.org/ .  Make a plan to vote, go to vote together, and then celebrate being awesome citizens!

Accessibility Feedback from May Forum

I would encourage everybody to get in the habit of using the Automark. They will get used to it. They will test it.  And it is working. And it helps to support universal access. And it helps us to reinforce to them that anybody can use it, and that it needs to be in working condition over the last bunch of elections.
– Stan Eichner, DLC

Comments and Topics from Participants:

  • Create an agenda of change for stakeholders
  • Promote the Automark through advertising
  • Automark should be available anytime voting is happening in state, not just for federal elections
  • Creating events to discuss both access and non-access issues of importance to persons with disabilities
  • Utilize the Ride to get to the polls
  • Importance of data collection, make it aware that PWDs are a voting bloc
  • Motivating PWD to actually show up to vote – connecting to the actual political issues affecting daily lives (partisan, which REV Up can’t do)
  • Should make clear on absentee ballot what the deadline is to mail it back
  • Rhoda Gibson from ADAPT – concerns on reaching out to POC, AA communities
  • Need education for school-age kids with disabilities
  • Privacy issues while voting
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Registering people to vote at ADA events
  • Parking issues/van accessibility
  • Use of absentee ballots in nursing homes

20 Day Registration Upheld

July 2, 2018

Massachusetts requires voters to be registered 20 days before primary and state/national elections.  At least 15 states have same day registration.  The ACLU sued the state, but the state Supreme Court upheld the 20 day restriction.  The legislature could change this by passing a law that allows same day registration.

For our upcoming elections, this means that you must be registered by Wednesday, August 15 for the September 4 primary, and by Wednesday, October 17 for the November 6 election. 

You can read an article by Nate Raymond (Reuters) about this case in the Huffington Post.  …”The ACLU contended the 20-day restriction disenfranchises thousands of otherwise qualified voters. According to a brief the state filed, 34 states have deadlines requiring voters to register seven to 30 days before elections.”

Voter Engagement Research

Data Shows Nonprofits Can Be Real Power Hitters When It Comes to Voter Engagement

by Greg Cameron, Nonprofit Vote  (JohnsonCenter.org/nonprofit-voters)
“Additionally, post-program surveys show us the roots of civic engagement success at these nonprofits. Things like staff buy-in, partnerships, and engaging multiple venues and audiences were crucial elements to successful civic engagement activities. By learning from the success of these nonprofits, nonprofits new to the space can get a jump start on their own program roll-outs.”

Nonprofit Vote – Engaging New Voters (pdf)

Get Out the Vote Research

Stanford University Business School, using behavioral science research, has compiled some interesting results.  “Researchers applying psychology to the realm of politics are finding that giving voters a few strategic nudges can push far more people in the direction of polls on election day.”

Read Research-Backed Ways to Get Out the Vote by Marguerite Rigoglioso (published April 17, 2012) at gsb.stanford.edu.