The Mason County Auditor’s Office will be celebrating National Disability Voter Registration Week and Get out the Disability Vote the week of July 17th. This is part of a national effort to make the Disability Vote more influential through the REV UP Campaign. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!

On July 18th, the Auditor’s Office is holding an Accessibility Open House, from 10 am to 1 pm, to give citizens the opportunity to vote on an Accessible Voting Unit in a mock election in order to decide whether using this system is a viable option for them in the future. Election officials will also provide the opportunity to register to vote and discuss ways the Auditor’s office can improve the election process for all persons with disabilities.

Below are the top five reasons to pay close attention to the REV UP Campaign:

5. The disability community has a huge stake in state and federal results of the November election. Justin Dart, father of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), said “Vote as if your life depended on it, because it does.”

4. At a level that has never been achieved before, national and state disability organizations are actively registering voters and planning get out the DISABILITY VOTE activities leading up to Election Day. REV UP partners include the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), EveryLibrary, state protection and advocacy agencies, centers for independent living, councils on developmental disabilities, local libraries, and several other state and local organizations.

3. The REV UP Campaign has kicked off in many states already, with the goal of reaching every state to mobilize the DISABILITY VOTE.

2. National and local elections will be affected as REV UP increases the political power of the disability community by getting more people with disabilities registered and committed to vote on election day while simultaneously engaging candidates for public office and the media on disability issues. The REV UP Campaign is committed to continuing to engage people with disabilities in communities across the country through 2017 and beyond.

1. There are over 35 million people with disabilities eligible to vote when registered. This number does not even include “the ripple effect” of family, friends, and service professionals who will vote in-line with disability interests. During National Disability Voter Registration Week, REV UP Campaigns around the country will make a concerted effort to get more people with disabilities registered to vote, educate voters about issues and candidates, promote turnout of voters with disabilities across the country, engage candidates and the media on disability issues, and protect eligible voters’ right to participate in elections.