Media, Press Releases / 05.18.20

Turn Up Tuesdays to Highlight Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and All Voting is Local, along with its joint And Still I Vote campaign and in partnership with the National Disability Rights Network, will raise awareness about the power of the disability vote, discuss some of the challenges voters with disabilities face at the polls, and urge officials across the country to ensure fair, safe, and accessible elections in 2020. The conversation is part of Turn Up Tuesdays, a weekly national call to action to ensure people are informed and activated to vote in November.

Turn Up Tuesdays is dedicated to ensuring that upcoming elections do not encounter the disarray that voters experienced in Wisconsin’s primary on April 7. The activity this week will also draw support for expanded and safe in-person early voting and absentee voting. 

Here is a list of the week’s events:

Tuesday, May 19
5:30 – 6 p.m. EDT

Turn Up Tuesday Facebook Live Event
In partnership with the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), The Leadership Conference will facilitate a conversation about the barriers to the ballot facing voters with disabilities. 

Participants
Ashley Allison, executive vice president of campaigns and programs, The Leadership Conference
Imani Barbarin, director of communications and outreach, Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP)
Michelle Bishop, disability advocacy specialist for voting rights, National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
Rebecca Cokley, director, Disability Justice Initiative, Center for American Progress (CAP)
Andrew Pulrang, Disability Thinking and #CripTheVote

Thursday, May 21
1 p.m. EDT

Webinar: Protecting the Right to Vote for People with Disabilities
Join us for a conversation about empowering people with disabilities to know their rights at the polls and how allies can help improve access to the vote.
Attend via Zoom.

Speakers:
Moderated by: Michelle Bishop, disability advocacy specialist for voting rights, National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
Lou Ann Blake, deputy executive director, Blindness Initiatives, National Federation of the Blind
Keri Gray, senior director of stakeholder engagement and strategic communications, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
Douglas Kruse, distinguished professor, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations
Lisa Schur, professor, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations 

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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.

All Voting is Local fights to eliminate needless and discriminatory barriers to voting before they happen, to build a democracy that works for us all. It is a collaborative campaign housed at The Leadership Conference Education Fund, in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation; the American Constitution Society; the Campaign Legal Center; and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. For more information about All Voting is Local, visit allvotingislocal.org and follow us on Twitter @votingislocal.

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the P&A/CAP Network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States. For more information, and to find the P&A/CAP in your state or territory, visit: www.ndrn.org.