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League of Women’s Voters Working to Support Disability Votes with VPCC

(Provided by the League of Women Voters of Williamsburg Area)

WILLIAMSBURG — The League of Women Voters of Williamsburg Area is building the power of the disability vote in communities during the week of Sept. 12-16 as a partner of Disability Voting Rights Week.

For this effort, the Williamsburg area chapter of the League of Women Voters has partnered with Virginia Peninsula Community College to give disabled voters the opportunity to register to vote, look up their polling place, see samples of the Nov. 8 ballot, and see demos of accessible voting machines on Sept. 13.

Disability Voting Rights Week is a national, nonpartisan initiative to build the power and presence of the disability vote. Disability Voting Rights Week is coordinated by the American Association of People with Disabilities’ (AAPD) REV UP Voting Campaign.

“Our goal is to encourage all citizens to vote. There are over 38 million people with disabilities who are eligible to vote, but they face inaccessible voting processes that lead to a turnout gap between voters with and without disabilities,” said Susan Bivins, president of the Williamsburg League. “We are proud to partner with Virginia Peninsula Community College and REV UP Virginia (Register, Educate, Vote and Use your Power!) to sponsor this event to raise the disability voice and community awareness.”

The League of Women Voters of Williamsburg Area is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government, according to a press release. Keeping party neutral, it presents unbiased, nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues, as a nonprofit public policy educational organization. The League works year-round to make sure all eligible Americans including first-time voters, disabled voters, non-college youth, new citizens, communities of color, and low-income Americans – have the opportunity to register and vote.

The voting registration event at Virginia Peninsula Community College on Sept. 13 will be from noon to 4 p.m. For more information about the League of Women Voters, check out its website.

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