2017 Disability Voter Registration Week

7/17/2017

WHEREAS, the right to vote is an important civil liberty that contributes to the health of the American political system and the people who participate in it; and

WHEREAS, there are more than 50 million people with disabilities of all ages who live in communities throughout the United States; and

WHEREAS, the disability community has a critical interest in policies enacted at local, state, and national levels that effect the integration of people with disabilities into our communities; and

WHEREAS, voting is one way for people with disabilities to participate in local, state, and national policymaking; and

WHEREAS, the involvement of  the disability community in public policy is essential to ensure that policies meet the needs of people with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, there are multiple efforts to develop state disability coalitions around the issue of voting; and

WHEREAS, REV UP America: Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power is a national effort to encourage state and local disability community voting coalitions; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to a comprehensive effort to support Virginians with disabilities – including defending voting rights, ensuring that Virginia is welcoming to all people, maintaining a world class public education system for all students, and building a more diverse economy that creates broad-based prosperity; and

WHEREAS, Virginians can register to vote at the Department of Motor Vehicles or their local general registrar’s office, by filling out a paper application and mailing it to their local registration office, or completing an online form on the Department of Elections’ website (vote.elections.virginia.gov); and

WHEREAS, Virginians can learn about voter registration and voting accommodations for people with special needs on the Department of Elections’ website (elections.virginia.gov/registration/voters-with-special-needs); and

WHEREAS, in July 2017, people with disabilities and their supporters will celebrate the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and

WHEREAS, the American Association of People with Disabilities and members of the disability rights community are organizing a National Disability Voter Registration Week July 17–July 21;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize July 17-21, 2017, as DISABILITY VOTER REGISTRATION WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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