Last year, millions of Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. National Voter Registration Day seeks to ensure everyone has the opportunity to vote.
On Tuesday September 26, volunteers and organizations will “hit the streets” in a single day of national coordinated ﬁeld, technology and media efforts to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise.
Also on Tuesday, the Maricopa County Recorder’s office, in partnership with eight disability organizations, will present a half-day workshop to help Arizonans register to vote and learn about accessible voting options at Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St. The morning session runs from 9 a.m. to noon with the afternoon session from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes will join the event between sessions for a lunch-time conversation from 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Partnering organizations are Ability360, Arizona Center for Disability Law, Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Arizona Developmental Disability Planning Council, Raising Special Kids and the Southwest Institute for Families and Children and REV UP.
Each session will cover:
· Voter registration including the permanent early voting list (PEVL) and requesting alternative ballot forms (Braille, large print).
· Demonstrations of the accessible voting machines and sample alternative ballots.
· Presentations include: ‘How to Register,’ ‘Voting Methods,’ and ‘Becoming a Deputy Registrar.’
Sign language, Spanish language interpreters and CART provided. Food trucks will be on-site.
Contacts: • Renaldo Fowler, Arizona Center for Disability Law, (602) 274-6287; • David Carey, Ability360 602-443-0723; • Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., (602) 317-3040
ABOUT ABILITY360: Ability360 continues a 35-year tradition of empowering programs for people with all disabilities. Ability360 offers and promotes programs to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community. The independent living philosophy states that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, options, and control over choices in their own lives as do people without disabilities. Ability360 is located at 5025 E. Washington St. Ste. 200, Phoenix, AZ 85034, www.ability360.org, 602-256-2245.
ABOUT THE ABILITY360 SPORTS & FITNESS CENTER: The Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center is a 45,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility located in Phoenix, Arizona. Owned and operated by Ability360, the Sports & Fitness Center offers a wide variety of amenities to help you achieve your health and fitness goals including a fitness center with wheelchair accessible weight machines, an aquatic area equipped with lifts and elevators, accessible locker rooms and more.