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“Are all candidates for governor guilty of marginalizing the disabled and elderly?”

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This May 1, 2014 article on The Patriot-News website talks about an event in Philly that was to include a panel of people running for the office of Governor of Pennsylvania.  A mix

Tulip Closeup, Demuth Museum Garden, Lancaster...

Tulip Closeup, Demuth Museum Garden, Lancaster, Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Puzzler4879)

of Democrat and Republican candidates were invited, but in the end all the candidates didn’t make it to the even and only three Democrat candidates sent proxies in trying to keep their word.

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“Voting Rights and People Living with Mental Illness”


This is a page done by NAMI discussing the rights of people with mental disabilities to vote.  it seems to be a good starting point to learn about the voter rights of folks with mental health or intellectual disabilities.  In the booklet by Bazelon that is linked to from the NAMI page, there is also information about the Voter ID laws that have cropped up across the country.


DVC calls for ‘performance audit’

The following was emailed to me from someone involved with the Disability Voting Coalition of PA it is information that needs attention by DVC members prior to the Monthly Organizer Call I posted about recently that is coming up on October 20, 2010.  Also remember that membership with the Disability Voting Coalition is free and more information can be found at … http://www.dvcpa.org/

The file that was attached to the email can be found here ….  DVC_Auditor_General_Letter ( Adobe Acrobat reader is needed to view this file it is free)

The Disability Voting Coalition believes it is time to ask Auditor General Jack Wagner to conduct a “Performance Audit” of Pennsylvania’s compliance with the voter registration requirements of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

We need your support.

Follow the links in the attached letter ( DVC_Auditor_General_Letter ) to join our coalition of groups asking for this Performance Audit.

Please act before Wednesday, October 20th so that we can include your organization’s name in the request to Auditor General Wagner.

The Disability Voting Coalition has been tracking Pennsylvania’s performance under the NVRA.  The NVRA requires Pennsylvania to regularly offer voter registration opportunities to the all individuals served by state-funded disability service agencies, agencies providing aging-related services, public assistance benefits and others.   You can go to our website www.DVCPA.org and see the 4 year summary, county by county.

We believe there is evidence that vulnerable people with limited access to voter registration services are not getting voter registration services required by the NVRA.

A Performance Audit could answer whether voter registration services are actually missing in the majority of the state (as the data would suggest), or if they’re happening but not being reported.

Together we can strengthen our community – help us create a loud political voice! Please add your organization to the list of supporters.

DVC Meeting reminder (10-13-09) and info about call-in on 8-26-09)

Sorry about the timing of this, I got the email today and didn’t realize it was there until several hours after it arrived.  This includes a reminder about the date change for the statewide meeting and also a notice about a call-in tomorow (Thursday 8-26-09).

Hello Disability Voting Coalition Members!

 I realize that this is a last minute notice but I was out on vacation. I need to let you know two things in this email: 

  1. Statewide Disability Voting Coalition meeting rescheduled to Tuesday, October 13, 2009 in Harrisburg. Some of you may have heard that we were planning a statewide DVC meeting for August 27.Budget concerns made us change the date to October 13. You’ll be hearing more about this meeting in a future email.

     2. Our monthly organizer call will be Wednesday, August 26, 2009 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm 

The toll-free call-in number is 1-866-352-3799.  The participant code is *3493497* (yes, that is “star” before and after 3493497 — don’t forget the stars).

We will continue our discussion on ways to get more people registered to vote using the National Voter Registration Act. Everyone is welcome! Please pass this information on to anyone who may be interested.

We hold our call on the FOURTH Wednesday of the month, from 10:30 AM – 12 noon

Please plan to join us – we need lots of help from all parts of PA if we are to change things for the better!

Feel free to call me at the number below if you have questions or comments

Thanks to all of you for your support of the Disability Voting Coalition.

Rachel Freund
DVC Project Coordinator

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