For Immediate ReleaseJuly 11, 2017
REV UP campaign designed to spark awareness from July 17-21
San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Elections Department and the
nonprofit Marin Center for Independent Living (MCIL) are partnering July
17-21 to promote voter registration for people with disabilities.
The effort is part of the second annual REV UP event sponsored by the
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). REV UP stands
for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!
The REV UP campaign aims to increase the political power of the disability
community while engaging candidates and the media on disability
issues. Researchers at Rutgers University School of Management and
Labor Relations determined that in 2016 a projected 35.4 million people
with disabilities were eligible to vote in the November 2016 election,
representing close to one-sixth of the total electorate.
"We don't know how many people with disabilities reside in Marin County
and are eligible to vote but not registered," said Registrar of Voters Lynda
Roberts, "but we hope National Disability Voter Registration Week will
raise awareness throughout the county."
The San Rafael-based MCIL plans to coordinate with the Elections
Department to provide voter registration opportunities in several locations
around the county.
"Voting is pivotal for people with disabilities," said Peter Mendoza,
Director of Advocacy and Special Projects for MCIL. "It’s a fundamental
right to be able to vote and truly achieve full inclusion in the community
as well as achieve full economic opportunities. Our voice needs to be
heard in all levels of government. Our vote counts."
In addition, EveryLibrary, a national organization created to foster library
funding and support, is partnering with AAPD to raise awareness. The
Marin County Free Library's Novato and Marin City branches will take part
in the national event as will the San Rafael Public Library. Registration
forms will be available at the libraries. Events are scheduled weeklong at MCIL in San Rafael; at the Marin City Library on Wednesday, July 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and at the Marin County Civic Center Café
(3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 237, San Rafael) on Friday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"Since the 2016 elections, the public has shown a greater interest in
government activity, so I think people are realizing the importance of
voting," Roberts said. "Registration is continuous all year, but events such
as NDVRW help raise awareness and remind people to register."
Additional organizations partnering for National Disability Voter
Registration Week include YWCA of Marin and San Francisco, Latino Marin,
and the League of Women Voters of Marin County.
Register to vote online through California's Secretary of State website. For
more information about local voter registration events, contact Veda
Florez, Marin County Elections Department Communications Outreach
Consultant, at 415-299-0035 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynda RobertsRegistrar of VotersElections Department
Marin Civic Center Administration Building3501 Civic Center DriveSuite 121San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6401Email: Lynda RobertsElections website