The Arc New Jersey is in the process of publishing its annual “Get Out the Vote” Guide. The Guide will include information about candidates for Governor and 120 legislative seats. Gubernatorial candidates are being asked to share their stances on DSP wages and Medicaid issues. The Guide will also include information about finding you polling location, registering to vote, and seeking accommodations.
The New Jersey Self-Advocacy Project (NJSAP), a self-advocacy group affiliated with The Arc New Jersey, recently held events to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and National Disability Voter Registration week. To honor the anniversary of the passage of the ADA, members gathered at a contact booth at the Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk to spread public awareness. On July 18, they joined REV UP NJ at the State House for National Disability Voter Registration Week to raise awareness of the voting rights of people with disabilities. In addition, NJSAP has recently developed a podcast called “In Their Own Words” focused on transportation issues. More than 120 self-advocates were interviewed about the barriers they have faced in accessing public transportation.
The Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, of which The Arc Minnesota is a part, is hosting seven candidate forums throughout the month of October. These forums are designed to educate voters on their local candidate’s viewpoints on issues affecting people with disabilities and their families, and to provide attendees with the information needed to vote.
The Arc of Indiana has released a “2016 Election Guide.” The Guide includes a suggested questions for candidates, candidate statements, dates and deadlines, voter ID information, early and absentee voting information, and instructions for addressing accessibility barriers.
The Arc of New Jersey has released a “Get Out the Vote 2016” guide to help inform families and self-advocates prepare to go to the polls. It includes vote by mail instructions, important dates, an explanation of rights, and a section where family members and self-advocates explain why they feel voting is important. Additionally, they have web-exclusive content, including candidate questionnaires.