ACTION: Amplify the voice of people with disabilities

At the request of Disability Rights Oregon, Governor Kate Brown has proclaimed July 17-21 to be National Disability Voter Registration Week in Oregon.

The proclamation contains some important messages:

  • “More than 800,000 Oregon adults age 18 and older have a disability; and
  • The disability community has a critical interest in policies enacted at local, state, and national levels that affect the integration of people with disabilities, young and old, into our communities.
  • Getting the disability community involved in influencing public policies is essential if these policies are to meet the real needs of people with disabilities who live in the community.”

We’ve made incredible strides in the past few years in expanding and broadening our state’s electorate. More Oregonians than ever before are now voting. This diverse pool of new voters include people in small towns in rural parts of our state and people living in lower-income neighborhoods. We have automatic voter registration to thank.

But there are still tens of thousands of Oregonians with disabilities who are not voting.  This diminishes our political strength both locally and nationally around issues that matter deeply to our lives. As we mark National Disability Voter Registration Week, we’re aiming to grow the political power of people with disabilities. Our goal is to make sure that every single Oregonian with a disability is registered to vote. 

Will you do your part?

  • Post to social media. Click here to post to Twitter or Facebook and let everyone know you support National Disability Voter Registration Week in Oregon.
  • Register voters. Link to our site at https://droregon.org/register-vote/ If you need paper registration forms or large print registration forms, call us at 888-339-VOTE (8683) or email eharlow@droregon.org.
  • Invite us to your organization. We partner with self advocacy organizations to do voter rights and education trainings. Reach out at 888-339-VOTE (8683) or email eharlow@droregon.org.

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