2018 Voter Engagement

The Arc Minnesota is working with our Regional Offices, community partners, self-advocacy groups, and statewide stakeholders to let people know about the importance of voting to the disability community. Nationwide, people with disabilities accounted for over 35 million eligible voters in 2016 (that number jumps to 62 million eligible voters when you include family members) but less than half of individuals with disabilities participated in the election. This year we have incredible potential to demonstrate the power of the disability vote and by promoting full participation, we can help shape policies that affect the entire community.   


National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) 

The National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) is from July 16-20, 2018. It is an initiative of the Rev Up America campaign started by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) that is designed to call attention to the importance of voting for people with disabilities, their families, and supporters of people with disabilities.  The Arc Minnesota has organized a Rev Up Minnesota Campaign and we are designating July 18, 2018 as a “Day of Action” for organizations to engage in voter registration and voter engagement that day. https://www.aapd.com/advocacy/voting/     


Voter Registration

Register to Vote : Use this resource to register to vote online, learn the process for registering on paper and on Election Day, as well as learn “How to Register If…” This resource is provided by the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office.

Voter Registration FAQs : This resource answers frequently asked questions about voter eligibility, registration deadlines, and how to update your registration if necessary. 

Voter Registration Application Guide : This document provides deeper explanation of certain sections on the voter registration application.


Important Election Dates

  • National Disability Voter Registration Week 
    • July 16-20, 2018
  • Day of Action
    • July 18, 2018
  • Last Day to Register in Advance of Primary Election
    • July 24, 2018
  • Primary Election
    • August 14, 2018
  • Absentee Balloting for General Election Begins
    • September 21, 2018
  • National Voter Registration Day
    • September 25, 2018
  • Last Day to Register in Advance of General Election
    • October 16, 2018
  • General Election
    • November 6, 2018

How to Vote

Absentee Ballot Instructions : This resource provides Absentee Ballot instructions in the following styles and languages:

Large-Print (English), Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Lao, Oromo, Khmer, Amharic, Karen

Sample Ballot : This resource provides sample ballots for each type of election as well as notes to explain the ballot structure. These can be printed and taken to the polling place for reference.

Have an Agent Pick Up Your Ballot (Agent Delivery) : A person can be authorized to pick up an absentee ballot for another person who may not be able to turn in the ballot themselves.


Voter Engagement

Voter Engagement Questionnaire – The Arc MinnesotaIf you want to be more involved in what The Arc Minnesota takes leadership roles in, complete this questionnaire to give us your input and sign up for newsletters and advocacy groups.

Pledge to VoteIf you are already registered but want to be involved, or even if you are not registered, fill out this “I Pledge to Vote” card. 


Voter Engagement Videos 

Primary Election Dates

General Election Dates 


Voter Engagement for Arc Regional Offices and Nonprofits

2018 Election Accessibility Toolkit

Nonprofit VOTE’s 2018 Webinar Series : This series is a set of trainings and discussions on nonpartisan voter engagement for nonprofits, featuring experts in the field.

Voters with Disabilities Election Report : This resource provides data from previous election years regarding Disability Voter involvement.

REV UP Campaign Resources : REV UP provides statistics, voter resources, state resources, election information and more.

REV UP Issues Guide : The REV UP Issues guide provides comprehensive overviews of the issues, legislation, and regulations that have a significant impact on the disability community.

“I Pledge to Vote Cards”: I Pledge to Vote with Arc Website and Dates