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Disability Vote Action Center

“My hand trembles, my heart does not!.”

– Spoken by Stephen Hopkins as he signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Hopkins lived with a condition known as “Shaking Palsy” in 1776, now known as Parkinson’s Disease. This quote reminds us that from the very beginning people with disabilities have been at the forefront of our American democracy.

Disability Rights California Voter Hotline: (888) 569-7955 / TTY (800) 719-5798
California Secretary of State Voter Hotline: (800) 345-VOTE

Election 2018: Educate and
Activate Voters with Disabilities

The DOnetwork is harnessing the power of the disability community in California to educate and activate disabled voters. We are engaging people with disabilities and our allies to increase participation in 2018 Midterm Elections. This election may be one of the most important in our lives with the future of healthcare, transportation funding, education and access to jobs at stake for people with disabilities.

People with disabilities with disabilities make up almost a quarter of all voters, and when you add our family members our voting block accounts for half of all voting households nationwide. We are a powerful voting group with the ability to affect the outcome of many elections if we all turnout to vote.

Whether you are a person with a disability, a family member, caregiver or an ally, you are an important part of the disability community and voting bloc. This page will provide you with the resources you need to vote and help others to turn out and vote on Election Day, Tuesday November 6, 2018.

Can we count on you to join us to educate and active voters?


Educate

The DOnetwork has been engaging the disability community through voter education webinar and social media campaigns. We have provided the webinar recordings and twitter feeds. Check them out and learn about your rights, how to break barriers to voting and what other disabled people are saying about the candidates and issues:

Webinars:

  • Breaking Barriers to Voting (Still to come!)
  • Polling Research on Senior and Disabled Voters for the 2018 Election (Still to come!)
  • Access Barriers to Voter Education (Still to come!)

Twitter Chats:


Be sure to check back often. We will update these links as they are made available.


Activate

Join the 2018 DOnetwork GOTV Campaign team. Our members and partners can engage in efforts to energize and activate disabled voters through non-partisan Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) campaigns. Below is a the downloadable DOnetwork 2018 GOTV Tool Kit to help your campaign:

Graphic of Community Organizing Tool Kit - Click to Download!

Graphic of Get out The Vote Toolkit 2018 - Click to Download!

Download the GOTV Guide!


Get-Out-The-Vote Training Resources

The DOnetwork is an active participant in the nation REV UP Campaign hosted by the American Association for People with Disabilities. The REV UP Campaign aims to increase the political participation of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!

Full political participation for Americans with disabilities is a top priority. AAPD works with state and national coalitions on effective, non-partisan campaigns to eliminate barriers to voting, promote accessibility of voting technology and polling places; educate voters about issues and candidates; promote turnout of voters with disabilities across the country; engage candidates and the media on disability issues, and protect eligible voters’ right to participate in elections.

CLICK HERE to learn more about REV UP and access downloadable materials for effective disability community GOTV.


Welcome to the Disability Organizing Network (DOnetwork) website! The DOnetwork calls to action the California Disability Communities and allies, through community organizing, advocacy, education, leadership development and coalition building to effect systems change in local, state and national issues.

The CFILC Disability Organizing Network is a statewide disability advocacy network of 28 Independent Living Centers and the communities they serve. In each center there is a full time staff person devoted to increasing civic participation through community organizing, education and advocacy around issues that affect the Disability Communities.