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.   

 

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

 

Find a Candidate Event Near You

The League of Women Voters Minnesota is tracking Candidate Forums around the state taking place in the various legislative districts. They include maps on how to get to the locations and other details about each Forum that are useful. This is a great tool for finding an event that you can attend and be able to hear from the candidates who are running in your area. Attend and get your questions about their positions on disability issues answered. Please follow this link: https://lwvmn.org/media-and-events/events      

 

Important Election Dates

  • 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

Poll Finder:  Use this resource to find out where your polling place is located

 

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

Getting Help Voting and Independent Voting: This resource from the Minnesota Disability Law Center answers frequently asked questions about voting and can help you overcome any barriers that arise on Election Day.

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

Voting Matters to Me Because:  Print this sign and write why voting matters to you, take a picture, and post it on social media! Using #DisabilityVoteMN and #RevUpMN, you will be a part of a statewide and national coalition to share the importance of the disability vote

SABE GoVOTER Project Toolkit: This toolkit from Self Advocates Becoming Empowered provides insight on how to navigate problems at the polling place, voting laws and rights

 

Voter Engagement Videos 

General Election Dates 

 

MN Disability Law Center Voting Resources

With audio descriptions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqyQXuytIeA

Video script: http://mylegalaid.org/downloads/MN_Disability_voting_script.docx

MN Secretary of State – Vote Early 

Rev UP! Coalition Candidate Questionnaire

Tim Walz (DFL) MN Gubernatorial Candidate

Kaohly Her (DFL), State House 64A

Paula M. Overby (Green), MN Senate Election

Angie Craig (DFL), MN Congressional District 2

Michael Howard (DFL), State House District 50A

Matt Sikich (GOP), State House District 49B

Ami Wazlawik (DFL), State House District 38B

Myron Arthur Wilson (Independent), State House District 15B

You can find more candidate questionnaire information here: www.vote411.org

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

Voter Engagement: This website houses beneficial Rev Up materials for participating organizations

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Election Website: This resource contains a nonprofit election calendar which houses information regarding public forums, debates, and other events as well as ballot tracking where you can see who is running in your area