Disability Voting Coalition of Pennsylvania

Disability Voting Coalition of Pennsylvania The Disability Voting Coalition is a project of Disability Rights Pennsylvania The Disability Voting Coalition (DVC) is a project of Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRN) funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC).
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The focus of our work is to promote voter registration, voting and civic engagement by people with disabilities, our families and allies. We have a strong focus on voting rights, access to voting, accessible polling places, and voter education. The Disability Voting Coalition (DVC) is supported by an Advisory Committee representing a cross section of Pennsylvania’s organizations that provide services to or advocate for people with disabilities. The DVC Advisory Committee is a growing, cross-disability group committed to improving the voting experiences of people with disabilities. Together we are building an effective coalition across the Commonwealth that addresses voting issues encountered by people from all disability groups!

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Disability Rights Pennsylvania
08/08/2020

Disability Rights Pennsylvania

You are invited to join Disability Rights Pennsylvania as we convene a panel of disability advocates via Zoom to discuss the importance of the disabled vote and the issues most pressing to the community.

August 11, 2020
7 PM EST

Register Here: http://ow.ly/grh050ATSYm

Disability Rights Pennsylvania
07/17/2020

Disability Rights Pennsylvania

Yes! People with disabilities should be involved in choosing the representatives that so deeply impact our daily lives.

Register to vote here: http://ow.ly/EMNH50AyfpU

Disability Rights Pennsylvania
07/14/2020

Disability Rights Pennsylvania

Hello All! It is National Disability Voter Registration Week!

[Blue image from AAPD reading: I vote because voting rights matter.]

You can register to vote in the state of PA here: http://ow.ly/k71g50Ay9kJ

Disability Rights Pennsylvania
06/18/2020
Disability Rights Pennsylvania

Disability Rights Pennsylvania

"...Most non-disabled people, and a great many disabled people too, aren’t familiar with the scope and details of disability policy. This isn’t unusual or very surprising."

Today is Election Day! Contact Disability Rights Pennsylvania at 1.800.692.7443 with your election questions and access ...
06/02/2020

Today is Election Day! Contact Disability Rights Pennsylvania at 1.800.692.7443 with your election questions and access issues. Phone lines are open until 8 PM.

It's Election Day and our advocates are here to take your calls!

[Image Description: A person putting a ballot into a box and the text: "It's Election Day! Call our intake line at 1.800.692.7443 with your election questions and access issues. We will be addressing your calls from 7 AM until 8 PM.

You can also message us on Facebook and Twitter and we will direct you to an advocate."]

Disability Rights Pennsylvania
06/01/2020
Disability Rights Pennsylvania

Disability Rights Pennsylvania

✅The Big Day is Tomorrow: Election Day is nearly here and we plan on being on the phone to address any access needs you have!

Call our Intake line or send us a private message on our Facebook or Twitter!

05/28/2020
www.disabilityrightspa.org

Blind Voters in Pennsylvania Win Court Challenge

On Road to Fully Accessible Mail-In Voting and Receive Immediate Relief for June 2 Primary Election

Click on the link below to read the full press release
https://www.disabilityrightspa.org/newsroom/blind-voters-in-pennsylvania-win-court-challenge-on-road-to-fully-accessible-mail-in-voting-and-receive-immediate-relief-for-june-2-primary-election/?fbclid=IwAR3AGgHHD0pIj__xmc-ZGKJgQNgPSwIQzs9w8-7epqMCPyU0aoKYW7BA0_8

"These ballots will allow blind and low-vision voters to vote privately and independently in Tuesday's primary," Secreta...
05/28/2020

"These ballots will allow blind and low-vision voters to vote privately and independently in Tuesday's primary," Secretary Boockvar said. "We are committed to increasing accessibility for voters with disabilities and implementing a long-term solution for accessible ballots for the November election and beyond."

Click on the link below to read the full press release.
https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/State-details.aspx?newsid=385

Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar announced today that the Department of State will provide accessible write-in ballots to voters with disabilities who request one. https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/State-details.aspx?newsid=385
#votesPA

05/26/2020
Disability Rights Pennsylvania

Disability Rights Pennsylvania

🚨TODAY is the deadline to apply to vote by mail in PA for June 2nd's Primary Election.

Visit votespa.com to find the application.

05/19/2020
Let's Talk About Pennsylvania's Mail-In Ballots

Let's Talk About Pennsylvania's Mail-In Ballots

Pennsylvania has made mail-in ballots available to every citizen in the state. Learn about what you need to stay safe at home and cast your ballot for Electi...

05/06/2020
Disability Rights Pennsylvania

Disability Rights Pennsylvania

The stakes are higher during an election. If you were a politician or voting advocate would you want the information you share with voters to be inaccessible? Imani tells us why informational accessibility is important in episode 2 of Vote for Access. Have you had trouble getting the info you need? What would make it better?

You can find all of DRP's voting materials on our website or here: https://www.disabilityrightspa.org/resources/#voting

Thanks to the teams at Rooted in Rights and Block by Block Creative for producing this awesome video!

The Disability Vote Matters in Election 2020 Important Election DatesApril 13th: Last day to registerbefore the primaryA...
03/09/2020

The Disability Vote Matters in Election 2020
Important Election Dates

April 13th: Last day to register
before the primary

April 21st: Last day to apply for
mail-in or an absentee ballot

April 28th: General Primary

October 19th: Last Day to register
before November Election

October 27th: Last day for mail-in
or absentee ballots prior to
November election

November 3rd: General Election

Disability Voting Coalition Salutes our Veterans. Thank you for your service to our country.Image description: Off White...
11/11/2019

Disability Voting Coalition Salutes our Veterans. Thank you for your service to our country.

Image description: Off White background with red trim, the American flag in the lower right corner, the words: Thank you for your service. Disability Voting Coalition of Pennsylvania salutes our veterans. Thank you for your service to our country.

U.S. Senator Bob Casey
11/06/2019

U.S. Senator Bob Casey

Of the more than 10 million voting age adults in Pennsylvania, about 21% are age 65 and over, and 24% live with a disability. These communities represent a large part of the electorate, but their needs when it comes to voting are often overlooked and misunderstood. According to a GAO study, in 2016 only 40% of polling places were architecturally accessible and only 45% of voting booths were accessible. We need policy improvements to ensure older adults and people with disabilities can exercise their right to vote. That’s why I’m working on new legislation to address these issues and improve voter accessibility throughout the country.
Thank you to the hardworking aging and disability voting advocates who joined me in Philadelphia for an important roundtable discussion on the barriers that their communities face, and how we can ensure the right to vote for all.

Happy Election Day! Just a friendly reminder that the polls are open until 8:00 PM. You still have plenty of time to get...
11/05/2019

Happy Election Day! Just a friendly reminder that the polls are open until 8:00 PM. You still have plenty of time to get out and VOTE! #DisabilityVote #ElectionDay

Image description: The word VOTE in ASL

Today is Election Day! Polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. #electionday2019 #disabilityvote
11/05/2019

Today is Election Day! Polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. #electionday2019 #disabilityvote

Disability Rights PA wants to hear your stories!  This is a paid writing opportunity. Continue reading below for more in...
11/04/2019

Disability Rights PA wants to hear your stories! This is a paid writing opportunity. Continue reading below for more information.

We want to give you the mic to tell your story!

[Image: Typewriter alongside the text-" Pitch Disability Rights Pennsylvania. Disability Rights Pennsylvania wants to pass the mic!

We want to hear your stories around the topic of employment, accommodations, job seeking with Social Security benefits, and assistive technology.

This is a paid writing opportunity.

To be considered, email a pitch detailing your potential story to ibarbarin(at)disabilityrightspa(dot)org. You must live or have lived in Pennsylvania to be considered.

Pieces will be published on our site and shared online.]

Hello Friends, check out Disability Rights Pennsylvania's November Newsletter.
11/04/2019
November Newsletter

Hello Friends, check out Disability Rights Pennsylvania's November Newsletter.

From DRP Board President, Suzanne Erb

ELECTION DAY NOVEMBER 5, 2019Persons with disabilities who need information or encounter problems at their polling place...
11/04/2019

ELECTION DAY
NOVEMBER 5, 2019

Persons with disabilities who need information or encounter problems at their polling place on Election Day 2019, can contact Disability Rights Pennsylvania’s (DRP) hotline.

DRP Election Day Hotline:
717-839-5227
or
[email protected]

If you CANNOT reach DRP on Election Day,
call the Election Protection Hotline at:
866-687-8683 (English)
888-VE-Y-VOTA (Spanish)
844-YALLA-US (Arabic)
888-API-VOTE (Asian & Pacific Languages)
301-818-VOTE (American Sign Language)
Or Text: OUR VOTE to 97779

The Department of State also has a voter hotline:
1-877-868-3772

After Election Day, contact Disability Rights Pennsylvania at:
1-800-692-7443 (voice)
1-877-375-7139 (TDD)
1-717-236-0192 (fax) or
[email protected]

Election Day is November 5th, Are you Election Day Ready?
11/01/2019

Election Day is November 5th, Are you Election Day Ready?

Are you Election Day ready? Election day is November 5th and we want to make sure you are ready and prepared!

[Image Description: A yellow, orange and red tri-colored graphic with the words "Are you Election Day Ready?" across the top.

Check Mark icon: Are you registered to vote? Make sure you are registered to vote at your current address. You can check the status of your registration.

Map Icon: Do you know your polling center? If you've moved since the last time voted or are unsure of where to vote, check for your voting center before election day.

Disabled icon: Is your polling center accessible? Verify your county's voter accessibility on its website or through voter services.

*To verify any of the above information, visit PaVoterServices.state.pa.us]

10/30/2019
www.padvc.com

Disability Rights Pennsylvania
General Election Day Alert
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Before Election Day Checklist

• Make sure you are registered to vote at your current address. Use this website to check your registration - https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx

• If you moved since the last election, update your voter registration with your new address here - www.votespa.com

• Find your polling place and write down the address - https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/PollingPlaceInfo.aspx

• Find out if your polling place is accessible. You can find this out on the website of the county where you live. You can also find this information on the Department of State website -https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/PollingPlaceInfo.aspx.

Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions at –

Voice: 1-800-692-7443, ext. 400
TDD: 877-375-7139
Email: [email protected]

Click on link for a printable flyer:
http://www.padvc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/HAVAGeneral-Election-Day-Alert-2019.pdf

Election Day is one week away! Want to know exactly what to expect on your ballot? Enter your address here https://www.v...
10/29/2019
Personalized Ballot

Election Day is one week away! Want to know exactly what to expect on your ballot? Enter your address here https://www.vote411.org/ballot and get a detailed look at the races you will help decide.

https://www.vote411.org/ballot

Voter Guides Your Voters' Guide Personalized Ballot Information Learn where candidates running for office in your community stand on the issues. You can print or email the information to use as a reference when you actually vote. We do not save your information, it will be lost when you leave this p...

PA Department of State
10/29/2019

PA Department of State

TODAY, October 29 at 5 pm, is the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot. Apply online: votesPA.com/ApplyAbsentee

All voted ballots must be RECEIVED in your county elections office by 5 pm, Friday, November 1. A postmark is not sufficient. More info: votesPA.com/Absentee

NDRN Testifies to Congress on Voting Rights in America - NDRN
10/28/2019
NDRN Testifies to Congress on Voting Rights in America - NDRN

NDRN Testifies to Congress on Voting Rights in America - NDRN

Michelle Bishop, NDRN's Disability Voting Rights Specialist, testified during a Committee on House Administration Subcommittee on Elections hearing entitled "Voting Rights and Election Administration in America".

Today is the last day to update your voter registration information before the November 5th Election.
10/07/2019

Today is the last day to update your voter registration information before the November 5th Election.

Do you need to make changes to your voter registration? TODAY is the last day to make these changes before the November 5 election: register.votesPA.com 🗳️ #votesPA

National Voter Registration Day is right around the corner!
09/20/2019

National Voter Registration Day is right around the corner!

Missed the shipment of #NationalVoterRegistrationDay materials? Don't worry! Our posters and stickers are still available for download and printing from our website! Stay #VoteReady

Check them out here at https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/partner-tools/posters/

Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium
09/11/2019
Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium

Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium

Check out the national speakers for our "We Count" non partisan, cross disability voting event at Heinz History Center on October 10th. Registration is open!

Maria Town, president of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) a Washington D.C. based organization that sponsors the non-partisan REV UP (Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!) campaign.

Gregg Beratan, one of the founders of the Cripthevote #CripTheVote hashtag, a social media project that encourages engagement of people with disabilities in local, state, and national elections. #CripTheVote is part of the Disability Visibility project, an online community.

image below is link for our registration.Photo: Pennsylvania leader giving a speech with microphone. She is using a wheelchair and is dressed as Lady Liberty. Text reads: “We Count: Pennsylvanians with Disabilities and the Right to Vote.” Logo reads: “Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium.” Image of state of Pennsylvania with western portion shaded in.

ASL interpretation and real-time captioning (CART). Braille and large print programs will be provided. Other accommodations and support with registration available upon request.Please contact Mary at [email protected] or 412-204-7199 no later than Sept. 28.

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Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium
09/04/2019
Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium

Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium

Read our latest newsletter--and register on the link for our October 10th Event in partnership with Heinz History Center and Disability Rights Pennsylvania's Disability Voting Coalition of Pennsylvania! Check out our national speakers! More information available soon.

National Voter Registration Day
08/21/2019

National Voter Registration Day

Around 40 million people move each year but a lot less people know they have to update their voter registration. Make sure you're #VoteReady by visiting a #NationalVoterRegistrationDay event in your area! https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/events/

PA Department of State
07/19/2019

PA Department of State

Even though it is the end of National Disability Voter Registration Week, you can still register to vote at register.votesPA.com. #votesPA #DisabilityVote19 #REVUP

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Online Voter Registration is being offered by the American Association of People with Disabilities https://www.whenweallvote.org/aapdrevup/. Please share!
Good Morning Friends I wanted to let you know that I recently had the pleasure of meeting with State Representative Melissa Shusterman. She is Co-Chair of the Autism and Intellectual Developmental Abilities Caucus, Deputy Whip, Member of the Aging & Adult services committee, Member of the Tourism Committee, and Secretary of the Judiciary Committee, and she is a strong advocate for the Disability Community. Melissa wants to know what issues WE want the State House to address. I said Housing Options, The Pa Premise Alert, and Ending the Waiting List. Melissa would like to hear from you! Please send an issue that you would like to see Harrisburg work one, so she can prioritize her agenda. Please try to keep it under 300 words.  Melissa’s State Committee work means that she has a Statewide reach and a real opportunity to influence what happens in Harrisburg. Melissa supports HB 1344, which will elevate a crime against someone with physical or intellectual disabilities to a hate crime and included in the hate crime statute. She wants to end the Waiting List, and she wants Harrisburg to be more responsive to our needs. Melissa Shusterman is an advocate who can get things done in Pennsylvania. Please send your thoughts to Melissa at [email protected] Additionally, consider donating to her re-election campaign. I have. I think she is one of the most exciting and passionate State Representatives that we have seen in a long time. The link to donate is: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/friends-of-melissa-shusterman-1 She is working for the disability community in Harrisburg and is committed to helping elect other compassionate and like-minded State Representatives. Feel free to email or call me if you have any questions. Susan Rzucidlo, Mom of Ben Advocate Co-creator of the PA Premise Alert [email protected] 610-659-3145
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Interesting article: Thousands with disabilities denied right to vote.
So important for all people with disabilities to be able to vote. Let our votes count in the primary and all other elections. I even work with a campaign.
Do you know a student with a disability (age 14-21) who is thinking about their future? The Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central PA is hosting a conference for students with disabilities and their families to provide tips for the next phase of their lives. For more information or to RSVP, please contact me at [email protected] or 412-322-5880. Please share this to anyone who can benefit from it!