[Hpn] Polling Progress. Voter Registration.
Fri, 16 Jun 2000 05:54:15 -0400
Justice For All
Polling Progress. Voter Registration.
VOTE! 2000 Campaign Update: Polling Will Include Disability!
Kudos to Andy Kohut and the Pew Research Center for
The People & The Press for including people with disabilities
in their upcoming survey on political participation. The Center
is an independent opinion research group that studies attitudes toward
press, politics and public policy issues. The Center
is an important resource for political leaders, journalists, scholars and
public interest organizations.
Watch their website www.people-press.org <http://www.people-press.org>
the survey which will posted by the end of June!
VOTE! 2000 Emphasis will encourage disabled Texans to vote
The National Organization on Disability's VOTE 2000! Campaign has a
worthwhile goal to achieve between now and Election Day, Nov. 7:
an additional 700,000 citizens with disabilities to vote nationwide.
More than a third of those votes, 292,000, could be picked up in
Texas alone if citizens with disabilities voted at the same rate as other
Nationwide, the figure would represent an estimated 4 million more
Federal Election Commission figures indicate 116,800 disabled
citizens are not registered to vote in Texas, and many polling places
inaccessible (one out of six, nationwide), violating the Americans with
This get-out-the-vote is aimed not only at encouraging and assisting
the disabled to register and vote, but also to monitor and emphasize
obligations to disabled citizens.
Voter registration must remain simple and convenient, and sometimes
bureaucrats and service providers must be reminded of their role in
it that way. And, of course, polling places must be made accessible, no
The Houston Chronicle
May 29, 2000, Section A, Page 36
VOTE! 2000 Campaign
910 16th Street, NW Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006
Chair, Justice For All
Register to Vote Online at http://www.fec.gov/votregis/vr.htm
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