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National Disability Voter Registration Week: Getting Started

This guide is intended to provide actionable tips and resources for libraries in any community to create or refine educational and informational voter and voting resources for local disability groups.

Ways to Get Inovled

How you engage with REV UP is up to you and the needs of your community.

Here are a few ideas to consider:

Participate in National Disability Voter Registration Week (July 17-21, 2017)

  • Host a voter registration and/or education event fro the community.
  • Hold a press event with local partners to announce national and local efforts to get new people with disabilities registered to vote, educated on disability issues, and committed to getting out the DISABILITY VOTE. Download a press release template here.
  • Host a town hall meeting with state/local elected officials or candidates for office
  • Host an educational meeting or workshop with local election officials
  • Utilize your mail, email, and social media networks to provide information on voter registration and relevant disability issues in your area. Download sample social media posts.
  • Include REV UP and voter registration tables at upcoming events (especially any events around the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26).
  • Make your organization a polling place (Resources: How To Serve As A Polling Site and ADA Polling Place Checklist).

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Questions and Contact Info

Additional information and resources are available at www.aapd.com/REVUP.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a strategy to REV UP your library, please reach out to either contact below:

Zach Baldwin
Director of Outreach
American Association of People with Disabilities
zbaldwin@aapd.com
(202) 521-4310

John Chrastka
Executive Director
EveryLibrary
john.chrastka@everylibrary.org
(312) 574-0316

Four Ways to do NDVRW in Libraries

Building Awareness and Educating the Public:

Your library can have a significant impact educating your community about issues that affect people with disabilities.You can plan and conduct an outreach and/or awareness campaign to celebrate National Disability Voter Registration Week 2017 in your library and with your community.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Create library displays featuring voting and civic engagement themes (on-site and online).
  • Feature information about NDVRW partnerships on marketing materials in advance of the week’s events. 
  • Add NDVRW to your library community calendar, social media editorial calendar, and newsletter. 

On Site Voter Registration Event

Your library can host an on-site voter registration event during NDVRW with local non-partisan organizations or trained staff. Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Identify the length of time you want your event to be:  half a day, full day, or multi-day.
  • Identify a partner organization 
  • Conduct an accessibility review before your event and make necessary changes
  • Create other programming, resources or displays to support the goals of NDVRW.

AAPD also recommends "that your library board pass a resolution recognizing National Disability Voter Registration Week 2017 for your library, or that your town, city, or county government do so for the entire community. Our colleagues at AAPD have model resolutions and proclamations available at www.aapd.com/REVUP.

Take the Library and NDVRW voter registration off-site.

One way to register new voters and to reach new patrons is to host an off-site voter registration and library card signup event at an agency or organization.  Possible organizations might include:

Visit the Outreach tab above for more possible partners or visit SCIWAY to find more organizations.

Train your staff to become official Registrar of Voters.

Steps to take:

  • Consult your local clerk of elections for rules and regulations concerning voter Registrar services. Directory of state and local election offices.
  • Orient and train staff about issues affecting the political participation of people with disabilities. To receive a copy of Everylibrary's NDVRW toolkit, register here.
  • Make a plan to help everyone in your community who is eligible and wants to vote be registered to vote during NDVRW and all year.

Items for consideration:

  • Many online resources for voter registration focus only on the federal election cycle and do not contain information about dates and deadlines for local or even state elections.
  • Each state has different laws concerning who can be a Registrar and how voter registration must be conducted. 
  • Consult with your local clerk of elections or state election authority for questions or clarifications.