Disability Vote and Presidential Debates

During the upcoming presidential debates, the REV UP network would like to further promote policies that the presidential candidates should address. We would also like to see intentional discussion around disability issues during the debates. We could use your help!

  • Please share questions and topics that you would like the Presidential Candidates to discuss during the upcoming debates. Please share your thoughts through this link before September 9th.  AAPD will promote questions and topic areas to the debate moderators and via social media to amplify the Disability Vote. 
  • Leading up to the presidential debates, we encourage folks to amplify #SayTheWord. #SayTheWord is a hashtag to encourage individuals (including campaigns) to say the word disability. Please also use #REVUP and #CripTheVote.
  • Finally, during the presidential debate on September 12th, we encourage folks to participate in the #CripTheVote twitter conversation.

Help us amplify the Disability Vote!

Voter Engagement Crash Course

Nonprofit VOTE is offering a free Voter Engagement Crash Course on September 9 – 13, 2019.

” You know what the difference is between you and other organizations who have solid, reliable voter engagement plans? One week.
Enroll now for a one week crash course — September 9-13 — for a series of daily webinars and resources that will have you ready to act and get people registered.  “

Click Here to Enroll in the Voter Engagement Crash Course.

WEBINAR: Running a Voter Registration Drive at Your Nonprofit

Nonprofit VOTE is also offering a free Webinar on Thursday, August 29 at 2 p.m. ET.

Click Here to Enroll in Running a Voter Registration Drive.

Census and Internet Access

The Census Could Undercount People Who Don’t Have Internet Access

From Slate.com by Jessica Rosenworcel  July 29, 2019

Each national census (every 10 years) is mandated by the Constitution.  The data determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representative, and is used to distribute federal funds to local communities.  In other words, these numbers are critical, and could determine if a community gets fair representation and needed federal funds.

The 2020 Census can be completed on-line.  This Slate.com article details several problems with this methodology, and the risks of under-counting large groups of people who are not on-line.  “The Pew Research Center reports that nearly half of adults who earn less than $30,000 do not have broadband service at home. ”  This group almost certainly includes many people with disabilities.  In other words, the 2020 census will have a direct on the voting impact and federal dollars, with under-represented groups losing out.

October 15 Democratic Debate

For more information, visit ballotpedia.org or Teen Vogue.

12 Democratic candidates will take the stage at Otterbein University in Ohio. You can watch the Tuesday, October 15th Debate at 8 p.m. ET on CNN as well as livestreamed on other platforms.

The list of candidates is: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer,
Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Yang

Get Educated!

September Democratic Debate

Watch Debate September 12

10 candidates met the Democratic National Committee thresholds to be in the ABC and Univision Primary Debate on September 12 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.  This debate will be held at Texas Southern University in Houston.   George Stephanopolis, David Muir, Linsey Davis and Jorge Ramos will moderate.

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
  • California Sen. Kamala Harris
  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke
  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  • Businessman Andrew Yang

The podium order is: Klobuchar, Booker, Buttigieg, Sanders, Biden, Warren, Harris, Yang, O’Rourke and Castro .

Democratic Presidential Debates – July 30 and 31

How to watch the second 2020 Democratic presidential debate

From cbsnews.com by Grace Segers, July 29, 2019

Second Democratic debate schedule

Dates: Tuesday, July 30 & Wednesday, July 31
Time: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST
Location: Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan

How to watch the second 2020 Democratic debate

Official TV broadcast: CNN
Free online stream: CNN.com, CNN apps
Additional coverage: Watch CBSN for live coverage of the debates before, during and after

There are also Democratic Watch parties in most communities.  If you are a Democrat, try contacting your local Town Committee or other organization.

DNC debate candidates for July 30

  • Marianne Williamson
  • Tim Ryan
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Beto O’Rourke
  • John Hickenlooper
  • John Delaney
  • Steve Bullock

DNC debate candidates for July 31

  • Michael Bennet
  • Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Julian Castro
  • Cory Booker
  • Joe Biden
  • Kamala Harris
  • Andrew Yang
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Jay Inslee
  • Bill de Blasio

Candidates who did not qualify for the debate

  • Seth Moulton
  • Tom Steyer
  • Mike Gravel
  • Joe Sestak
  • Wayne Messam


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)

     July 31 at 2 p.m. ET
Register Online:
     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!