Voter Registration Week

Finger Lakes Independence Center Participates in National Disability Voter Registration Week

Ithaca, NY-The Finger Lakes Independence Center is participating in National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) during the week of July 13-17, 2020. NDVRW is a national, nonpartisan campaign to register, educate, and prepare voters with disabilities for the 2020 elections and is coordinated by the American Association of People with Disabilities’ (AAPD) REV UP Campaign for voter registration, education, and engagement. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!

Empowering Americans with Disabilities to vote has rarely been more important and more challenging. America’s 2020 elections take place amid the ongoing global COVID-19, as well a national reckoning with systemic anti-Black racism and police violence. Without the ability to safely host voter registration and education drives at campuses, grocery stores, and community centers, our efforts must shift to online registration, acting as a voter education resource upon request, and proving assistance as needed.

The disability community will play an immense role in upcoming local, state, and federal elections. In 2020, over 35 million people with disabilities are eligible to vote, a number which increases to 62 million when including family members in the same household. The power of the disability vote can hold our elected officials accountable for decisions that directly affect the programs and services people with disabilities rely on to live independently in the community of their choice.

For online voter registration go to: www.ny.gov/services/register-vote

Questions regarding voter registration or voting with a disability, contact Jeff Boles at the Finger Lakes Independence Center by email at jeff@fliconline.org or call 607-272-2433.

Justin Dart, father of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), said it best:
“Vote as if your life depended on it, because it does.”

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