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Did you know…? • 30% of eligible Americans are not registered to vote • In

Did you know…?

Did you know…? • 30% of eligible Americans are not registered to vote • In w/

30% of eligible Americans are not registered to vote

In

w/

disabilities was 3.3% lower than that of people w/out disabilities

2008,

voter

registration

rate

of

people

Voter turnout rate of people w/ disabilities was 7.2% lower than people w/out disabilities

Only 46.1% of people w/ cognitive impairments voted compared with 64.5% of people w/out a disability a gap of 18.4%, or a 28.5% lower rate of turnout

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Why The Arc? Breadth — 700+ chapters Depth — 49 states, DC History — 60+

Why The Arc?

Why The Arc? Breadth — 700+ chapters Depth — 49 states, DC History — 60+ years

Breadth700+ chapters

Depth49 states, DC

History60+ years

Missionpeople w/ I/DD,

families, across lifespan

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We’ve Got the Power!

4 Components

Achieve with us. We’ve Got the Power! 4 Components 1. Voter Registration 2. Voter Education 3.

1.

Voter Registration

2.

Voter Education

3.

Candidate Education

4.

Voter Mobilization

Voter Registration Achieve with us.
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Voter

Registration

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Why don’t people vote? • Lack of knowledge about choices • Unsure about the voting

Why don’t people vote?

Why don’t people vote? • Lack of knowledge about choices • Unsure about the voting process

Lack of knowledge about choices

Unsure about the voting process

Forgot to register

Medical reasons

Away from the area

My vote won’t count

Don’t “do” politics

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What do Voters Want? • Reasons why to vote from a peer perspective • Help

What do

Voters Want?

What do Voters Want? • Reasons why to vote from a peer perspective • Help with

Reasons why to vote from a peer perspective

Help with or training about how to vote

Information about what issues on the ballot

Information about choosing a party

Information on which offices up for election

are all about

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Why Register People to Vote 1. Elected officials know who votes 2. Clout for The

Why Register

People to Vote

Why Register People to Vote 1. Elected officials know who votes 2. Clout for The Arc

1. Elected officials know who votes

2. Clout for The Arc

3. Power for the disability community

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Achieve with us. Voter Registration — Getting Ready • Make a Plan • Get Buy-In

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Achieve with us. Voter Registration — Getting Ready • Make a Plan • Get Buy-In •

Voter Registration

Getting Ready

Make a Plan

Get Buy-In

Publicize Activities

Educate Voters

Identify Partners

The Mechanics — Registering to Vote • In-person • At board of elections • Fill

The Mechanics

Registering to Vote

In-person

The Mechanics — Registering to Vote • In-person • At board of elections • Fill out

At board of elections

Fill out registration (can be with assistance)

By mail

Fill out registration & mail to local board of elections

Online

Know deadlines for registration

Check with local board of elections

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• Eligibility Issues to Consider • Age — 18 years old, or will be 18

Eligibility

Issues to Consider

• Eligibility Issues to Consider • Age — 18 years old, or will be 18 on

Age18 years old, or will be 18 on election day

People with I/DDguardianship issues

Current registration status

Already registered? Check at ww.nonprofitvote.org

New voter registration?

Changes in district

Moved since last election?

Plans for in-person vs. absentee/early voting

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Registering People to Vote • Focus on the month before the Deadline • Voters who

Registering People

to Vote

Registering People to Vote • Focus on the month before the Deadline • Voters who register

Focus on the month before the Deadline

Voters who register nearer the election more likely to vote

Plan to have most active voter registration

in few weeks before your state’s deadline

Use time to promote voter registration in chapter communications and signage in your office/program areas

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Voter

Education

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What do voters need to know? • Knowledge of the voting process • Confidence about

What do voters

need to know?

What do voters need to know? • Knowledge of the voting process • Confidence about casting

Knowledge of the voting process

Confidence about casting a ballot

Urgency & importance

Issues that will impact them

Where candidates stand on issues

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Voting Process 1. Registration 2. Timing 3. Polling Place Locations 4. How to get there

Voting Process

1. Registration

2. Timing

3.

Polling Place Locations

4.

How to get there

5.

How to cast ballot

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2. Timing 3. Polling Place Locations 4. How to get there 5. How to cast ballot
Confidence in voting • Accessibility • Communications w/ Poll Workers • Assistance w/ voting machines

Confidence in voting

Confidence in voting • Accessibility • Communications w/ Poll Workers • Assistance w/ voting machines •

Accessibility

Communications w/ Poll Workers

Assistance w/ voting machines

Practice on different types?

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Urgency & Importance 2000 PRESIDENTIAL POPULAR VOTE SUMMARY FOR ALL CANDIDATES (Updated 12/2001) Candidate (Party

Urgency &

Importance

Urgency & Importance 2000 PRESIDENTIAL POPULAR VOTE SUMMARY FOR ALL CANDIDATES (Updated 12/2001) Candidate (Party

2000 PRESIDENTIAL POPULAR VOTE SUMMARY FOR ALL CANDIDATES

(Updated 12/2001)

Candidate (Party Label)

Popular Vote

% of Popular Vote

Al Gore (Democrat)

50,999,897

48.38%

George W. Bush (Republican)

50,456,002

47.87%

Ralph Nader (Green)

2,882,955

2.74%

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Urgency & Importance IMPORTANT TO REPEAT… • 30% of eligible Americans are not registered to

Urgency &

Importance

Urgency & Importance IMPORTANT TO REPEAT… • 30% of eligible Americans are not registered to vote
IMPORTANT TO REPEAT…
IMPORTANT TO REPEAT…

30% of eligible Americans are not registered to vote

In 2008, voter registration rate of people w/ disabilities was 3.3% lower than that of people w/out disabilities

Voter turnout rate of people w/ disabilities was 7.2% lower than people w/out disabilities

Only 46.1% of people w/ cognitive impairments voted

compared with 64.5% of people w/out a disability a gap of 18.4%, or a 28.5% lower rate of turnout

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Issues Impacting Constituents • Federal Level — Medicaid Vocational Training & Education Family Supports •

Issues Impacting Constituents

Federal Level

Medicaid

Vocational Training & Education

Family Supports

State Level

Medicaid Waiting Lists Education Funding

Local Level

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School District Funding Local Transit Recreation Options

Lists Education Funding • Local Level — Achieve with us. School District Funding Local Transit Recreation
Candidate Stances on Issues • While we don’t endorse candidates, we want to elect those

Candidate Stances

on Issues

Candidate Stances on Issues • While we don’t endorse candidates, we want to elect those who

While we don’t endorse candidates, we want to elect those who will support our

critical issues

Don’t know where candidates stand on

issues important to our constituency?

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ASK THEM!

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Candidate

Education

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Candidates Need to Know… • What is important about our constituency? • What issues are

Candidates Need

to Know…

Candidates Need to Know… • What is important about our constituency? • What issues are important

What is important about our constituency?

What issues are important to our voters?

What are candidates going to be asked to do

if they are elected?

Why our constituency matters now, and after the election

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Connecting with Candidates 1. Sponsor a Candidate Forum 2. Invite a Candidate to an Event

Connecting with Candidates

Connecting with Candidates 1. Sponsor a Candidate Forum 2. Invite a Candidate to an Event 3.

1.

Sponsor a Candidate Forum

2.

Invite a Candidate to an Event

3.

Do Candidate Survey/Questionnaire

4.

Share Policy Ideas (“Don’t Cut Our Lifeline!”)

5.

Attend Candidate Events

6.

Encourage Advocates to be Poll Workers

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Candidate Forums • Co-sponsor a candidate forum with other nonprofits • Advertise a forum sponsored

Candidate Forums

Candidate Forums • Co-sponsor a candidate forum with other nonprofits • Advertise a forum sponsored by

Co-sponsor a candidate forum with other nonprofits

Advertise a forum sponsored by others

Hold a debate watching party

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Candidate Surveys 1. Cover broad range of issues 2. Clear and unbiased questions 3. Distribute

Candidate Surveys

Candidate Surveys 1. Cover broad range of issues 2. Clear and unbiased questions 3. Distribute to

1.

Cover broad range of issues

2.

Clear and unbiased questions

3.

Distribute to every candidate in the race

4.

Give reasonable time period to respond

5.

If no response, indicate “Did Not Respond”. Do not leave them out of printed responses, or fill in their issue positions from external sources.

6.

Promote their answers to all constituents and partners.

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Voter

Mobilization

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Get Out the Vote-- What is it? Efforts on or just before Election Day to

Get Out the Vote--

What is it?

Efforts on or just before

Election Day

Get Out the Vote-- What is it? Efforts on or just before Election Day to help

to help people get to the polls

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Get Out the Vote (GOTV)! If people don’t show up and vote, none of this

Get Out the Vote

(GOTV)!

Get Out the Vote (GOTV)! If people don’t show up and vote, none of this matters!
Get Out the Vote (GOTV)! If people don’t show up and vote, none of this matters!

If people don’t show up and vote, none of this matters!

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Get Out the Vote • Make it personal • Give voters the help they need

Get Out the Vote

Get Out the Vote • Make it personal • Give voters the help they need •

Make it personal

Give voters the help they need

Turn up the (nonpartisan) volume

What’s the message?

Turn up the (nonpartisan) volume • What’s the message? “WE’VE GOT THE POWER! VOTE IN 2012!”
“WE’VE GOT THE POWER! VOTE IN 2012!”
“WE’VE GOT THE POWER!
VOTE IN 2012!”

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GOTV-- Early Voting • Early voting is gaining popularity – 1 in 3 voters vote

GOTV--

Early Voting

GOTV-- Early Voting • Early voting is gaining popularity – 1 in 3 voters vote early

Early voting is gaining popularity 1 in 3

voters vote early

Let chapter members know about opportunity to vote early how and where to do it

Check your state’s rules on early or absentee voting

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• Promote GOTV-- You Can Help! • Why voting is important • Do it electronically,

Promote

GOTV--

You Can Help!

• Promote GOTV-- You Can Help! • Why voting is important • Do it electronically, in

Why voting is important

Do it electronically, in print, via signage

Logistics

Help people register

Assist in getting people to the polls

Process

Educate voters about how to register

Educate about the issues

Partner

Work with other community groups

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GOTV-- Sample Activities • Hold a mock election • Teach voting vocabulary words • Hold

GOTV--

Sample Activities

GOTV-- Sample Activities • Hold a mock election • Teach voting vocabulary words • Hold a

Hold a mock election

Teach voting vocabulary words

Hold a debate watching or voting results party

Hold a Trick or Vote event

Create simple handouts with information on:

what races are on the ballot

how to vote

polling place locations

ballot initiatives

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Suggested Timeline of Activities Month 1 • articles in newsletters, promotion via social media &

Suggested Timeline

of Activities

Suggested Timeline of Activities Month 1 • articles in newsletters, promotion via social media & website

Month 1

articles in newsletters, promotion via social media & website

build relationships with local community groups doing voter promotion

Month 2

register people to vote via local events or at program locations

hold debate viewing parties for presidential debates

register people to vote on Sept. 25 (Nat’l Voter Registration Day)

Month 3

October, 2012Disability Employment Month Month 4

November 6, 2012GOTV!

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Dates to Remember • September 25, 2012 — National Voter Registration Day • November 6,

Dates to Remember

September 25, 2012

Dates to Remember • September 25, 2012 — National Voter Registration Day • November 6, 2012

National Voter Registration Day

November 6, 2012

Election Day

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Additional Resources • The Arc — www.thearc.org ( stay tuned!) • Nonprofit Vote – www.nonprofitvote.org

Additional

Resources

Additional Resources • The Arc — www.thearc.org ( stay tuned!) • Nonprofit Vote – www.nonprofitvote.org •

The Arcwww.thearc.org (stay tuned!)

Nonprofit Vote

Project VOTEwww.sabeusa.or/govoter

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More Info Dee Dee Eberle Director, Chapter Organizing & Advocacy eberle@thearc.org 202-534-3726 Achieve with us.

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More Info Dee Dee Eberle Director, Chapter Organizing & Advocacy eberle@thearc.org 202-534-3726 Achieve with us.

Dee Dee Eberle

Director, Chapter Organizing & Advocacy

202-534-3726

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