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Action Alert: Pledge to Promote the Disability Vote This Summer

2017 may be an off year for national elections, but across the country, registering to vote and participating in local elections are as important as ever. This summer, there are many ways to get involved with promoting voter registration and exercising the right to vote, from participating in National Disability Voter Registration Week to supporting National Voter Registration Day.

National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) 

35th Anniversary Logo: NCIL – National Council on Independent Living. Celebrating 35 Years of Advocacy. Graphic features party candles.This year, the American Association of People with Disabilities’ National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) falls on July 17th to 21st, 2017. There are several ways to get involved:

  • Sign your organization on as a supporter of the Rev UP campaign and NDVRW.
  • Organize a voter registration event in your community or at your CIL.
  • Ask your local elected officials, such as your mayor, governor, or city council, to issue a Proclamation declaring the 17th to the 21st National Disability Voter Registration Week in your area.
  • Send out press releases or social media posts in support of the week on your CIL’s platforms.
  • Get more ideas on ways to celebrate and support NDVRW, including sample social media posts, toolkits for setting up voter registration events, and more, on the AAPD’s NDVRW page.

National Voter Registration Day 

Established in 2012, National Voter Registration Day (NVRW) was established as a national holiday to promote the importance of voting and to celebrate the right to vote. This year, NVRW falls on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. CILs and SILCs are encouraged to sign on as partners of NVRW to promote it within the disability community and to show that disability organizations value voter registration and voting! Sign on to become a partner of NVRW today.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Blahovec, Disability Vote Organizer, at or 202-207-0334 ext. 1103.

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