The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) will join with other organizations as part of a massive 50-state effort to register thousands of voters on September 25th. The goal for the 2018 National Voter Registration Day is to increase participation by encouraging Americans to register to vote and come out to the polls this November. As a nonpartisan “holiday” for democracy, National Voter Registration Day counts on thousands of partners and volunteers across the political spectrum. Started in 2012 for the presidential election, National Voter Registration Day is designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on registering Americans to exercise their most basic right – the right to vote.
Why It’s Important:
Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. Americans with disabilities are even less likely to vote in part because the physical and systemic obstacles that exist.
Yet, the number of eligible voters with disabilities is growing faster than the number of eligible voters without disabilities. People with disabilities accounted for approximately one sixth (16.67%) of eligible voters in the 2016 election, totaling 35.4 million people in all. However, among people with disabilities, only 68% were registered to vote.
How You Can Help
National Voter Registration Day aims to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote by creating broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise. Here are three easy ways you can help others register to vote.
- Share on social media and use the hashtag #NationalVoterRegistrationDay
- Find an event near you to volunteer to register others to vote
- Print posters and stickers from anywhere and distribute them in your community
Join us and others to make sure that everyone has equitable access to vote and participate in the democratic process!
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