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Information Alert: Plan Your Disability GOTV Strategy Today with NCIL’s 2016 GOTV Phone Bank Guide

With less than two weeks left until the election, now is the time to Get Out The Disability Vote!

A special kudos goes out to Ericka Reil of the Vermont Center for Independent Living and Linda Pogue and Ron Harris of disABILITY Link CIL in Georgia, who have already enthusiastically started to engage in getting out the disability vote. The Vermont CIL has been doing great work on weekend phone banking along with Disability Rights Vermont to answer constituents’ questions about voting accessibility, as well as reaching out to nursing homes and registering voters with disabilities to vote and to participate in early voting. disABILITY Link CIL has been engaging their constituents to get out the disability vote through some thoroughly organized phone banking! We hope that more CILs and individuals follow in their footsteps and are ready to motivate and educate their community to vote on disability-related policy priorities!

Phone banking is proven to be the single most effective GOTV tactic to educate your friends, family, acquaintances, and consumers on disability-related policy issues and encourage them to show up to the polls on election day.

Recently, the NCIL Voting Rights Subcommittee released its 2016 Get Out The Vote Phone Banking Guide, available in PDF, Word, and plain text formats.

This brief guide can help both individuals and CILs to create a simple but powerful GOTV strategy for the remaining weeks up to the election, including creating lists, best practices and useful tips for GOTV phone calls, and a handy sample log to track your calls. Access this guide today if you’re ready get involved with turning up the power the disability vote!

If you have any questions, please contact NCIL Voting Rights Subcommittee Co-Chairs Jim Dickson ( or Kathy Hoell (, or NCIL Disability Vote Organizer Sarah Blahovec ( for more information.

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