Bob Kafka • REV UP Texas • 512.431.4085
REV UP Texas joins movement to show the POWER of the Disability Vote in 2020
July 13, 2020, Austin, Texas – Communities across the country are preparing to set out into new territory for the presidential election in November. Not only has the COVID-19 crisis raised many questions about how voters can (and can’t) cast their ballots; it has also brought into sharp focus many systemic problems that Americans are planning to weigh in on with their vote.
Amid much uncertainty and skepticism, voters with disabilities have one reason to be hopeful about the November elections: in a 2019 study, Rutgers University documented an 8.5% surge in the often ignored, Disability Vote (in 2018, 49.35% of eligible disabled voters voted, compared to 40.8% in 2014). 35 million disabled people will be eligible voters in 2020. In spite of pandemic-related obstacles, the disability community is organizing to make 2020 a turning point for the disability vote.
That’s why Texas REV UP will be joining voters with disabilities across the country for National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW), taking place July 13-17, 2020. NDVRW is coordinated each year by the REV UP Campaign (Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!), a national nonpartisan effort to increase the political participation of people with disabilities. For more information on National Disability Voter Registration Week, visit www.aapd.com/NDVRW. The REV UP Campaign offers a host of information on registering to vote, ways to drive civic engagement, and state-specific resources and events.
The disability community always has stake in the results of the local, state, and federal elections. Elected officials make decisions that affect the programs and services people with disabilities rely on to receive healthcare and live independently in the community of their choice. Justin Dart, father of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), said it best: “Vote as if your life depended on it, because it does.” * * *
ABOUT THE REV UP CAMPAIGN • Register • Educate • Vote! Use • your • Power
The Texas REV UP Campaign, launched in 2016, along with its national partner, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) 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 Texas REV UP Campaign focuses on voter registration, education, and engagement. Learn more at www.revuptexas.org or www.aapd.com/REVUP.