FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Prairie Independent Living Resource Center INC. Announces
REV UP Campaign – Making the DISABILITY VOTE Count
Hutchinson, KS – Prairie Independent Living Resource Center INC. (PILR) is participating in a national effort to make the DISABILITY VOTE more influential. On July 7th and 8th at our Hutchinson office PILR will be registering voters as a part of the REV UP campaign. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power! PILR encourages anyone who isn’t registered to vote to come by the center on either day and we will help you through the registration process. To make things easier, please bring your birth certificate so that a copy of it can be sent in with your voter registration form.
Also, on July 7th from 1:00 to 4:00 the Reno County election office will have an accessible voting machine at the center so that voters can learn how it works.
Below are the top five reasons to pay close attention to the REV UP Campaign:
- The disability community has a huge stake in state and federal results of the November election. Justin Dart, father of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), said “Vote as if your life depended on it, because it does.”
- At a level that has never been achieved before, national and state disability organizations are actively registering voters and planning get out the DISABILITY VOTE activities leading up to Election Day. These include the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), #CripTheVote, the DO Network, the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), REV UP Massachusetts, REV UP Texas, the Texas Disability Project, #VoteDisability, and most centers for independent living here in Kansas.
- REV UP campaigns have kicked off in several states with more joining daily. California, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and DC are actively organizing the DISABILITY VOTE.
- National and local elections will be affected as REV UP increases the political power of the disability community by getting more people with disabilities registered and committed to vote on Election Day while simultaneously engaging candidates for public office and the media on disability issues. While currently focused on the upcoming election, the REV UP Campaign is committed to continuing to engage people with disabilities in communities across the country through 2016 and beyond.
- There are nearly 30 million people with disabilities eligible to vote when registered. This number does not even include “the ripple effect” of family, friends, and service professionals who will vote in-line with disability interests. During National Disability Voter Registration Week, REV UP Campaigns around the country will make a concerted effort to get more people with disabilities registered to vote, 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.
For more information on the REV UP Campaign, locally, contact Roger Frischenmeyer at Prairie Independent Living Resource Center.