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9/19 #CripTheVote chat: Political Participation and First-Time Voters

#CripTheVote Twitter Chat

Political Participation & First-Time Voters

Monday, September 19, 2016

7 pm EST

Guest hosts: Rock the Vote and

the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

Hosted by Andrew Pulrang, Gregg Beratan, and Alice Wong, #CripTheVote Twitter chats explored various policy issues important to people with disabilities this year. For our 9th Twitter chat, we discuss political participation and how to support and encourage first-time disabled voters. We are delighted to have Rock the Vote and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) as our guest hosts.

You can find the questions for this chat in this post. The Twitter chat will be archived in Storify for anyone who would like to see it in chronological order at a later date.

How to Participate

Follow @AndrewPulrang @DisVisibility @GreggBeratan @RockTheVote @AAPD on Twitter

When it’s time, search #CripTheVote on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the ‘Live’ tab for the full conversation.

If you might be overwhelmed by the volume of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions, check @DisVisibility’s tweets. Each question will tweeted 4-5 minutes apart.

Use the hashtag #CripTheVote when you tweet. If you can’t join us on 9/19, feel free to tweet anytime before or after with the hashtag.

If you don’t use Twitter, check out the live-stream:

Check out this explanation of how to participate in a chat by Ruti Regan:

INTRODUCTORY TWEETS for 9/19/16 chat

Welcome to our 9th chat! Please remember to use the #CripTheVote hashtag when you tweet.

If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripTheVote

We are thrilled to have @AAPD & @RockTheVote join us to discuss political participation #CripTheVote

We are also interested in supporting first-time voters & encouraging them to become involved in the democratic process #CripTheVote

QUESTIONS for 9/19/16 #CripTheVote Chat

Q1 What does ‘political participation’ mean to you? How would you describe it to someone who is new to this subject? #CripTheVote

Q2 What ways do you currently engage in political participation as a disabled person? #CripTheVote

Q3 Why do you think some disabled people don’t vote or participate in the political process? #CripTheVote

Q4 If you voted before, why do you vote? What’s your advice to people thinking about voting for the first time? #CripTheVote

Q5 If you’ve never voted before, please share why you haven’t or don’t want to. What questions do you have about voting? #CripTheVote

Q6 What kinds of voter education or outreach do you want for people w/ disabilities? What resources do disabled voters need? #CripTheVote

Historically many minorities & marginalized populations have been disenfranchised in the voting & political participation #CripTheVote

Q7 How can we help disabled ppl who are non-citizens, under conservatorship, or have a felony conviction engage politically? #CripTheVote

Q8 How do we ensure all diverse & multiply marginalized disabled ppl have access to power & the political process? #CripTheVote

Civil society is a public space btwn the individual, private sector & govt where people can come together, debate & take action #CripTheVote

Q9 Why should disabled people engage and participate in civil society? What is the incentive to get involved? #CripTheVote

Q10 Is the visibility of disabled people being involved in public spaces & local groups/communities important & valuable? Why? #CripTheVote

This ends our #CripTheVote chat. Many thanks to everyone who participated. Please feel free to continue the convo!

This Twitter chat will be archived in Storify later this evening. Look for the link with the hashtag #CripTheVote


Democracy Class, Rock the Vote

Voting Assistance, Rock the Vote

REV UP: Register, Educate, Vote and Use your Power

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

Political Engagement and Activism, Pew Research Center

Other Forms of Political Participation,

About: American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

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The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. The REV UP Campaign aims to increase the political power of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!

About: Rock the Vote

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Rock the Vote is the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization in the country driving the youth vote to the polls. Since 1990, Rock the Vote has fused pop culture, music, art and technology to fulfill its mission of building long-term youth political power. During the past six Presidential elections, Rock the Vote ran the largest voter registration drives for young people and has partnered with more than 25,000 partners through its online, multi-lingual voter registration tool. Rock the Vote is dedicated to mobilizing the vote, protecting voting rights and advocating for an electoral process and voting system that works for the Millennial generation, America’s largest and most diverse population in history. To get Rock the Vote updates on upcoming events, election reminders and candidate, visit Engage on social media, by following Rock the Vote on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @rockthevote.

About: #CripTheVote

Graphic with a white background. In text in rainbow colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue purple), it reads: #CripTheVote. On the right side is the graphic of a voting box with a marked ballot and the box has 4 quadrants with pictures of a wheelchair, 2 hands signing, a person using a cane and image of a person's brain

#CripTheVote is a nonpartisan campaign to engage both voters and politicians in a productive discussion about disability issues in the United States, with the hope that Disability takes on greater prominence within the American political landscape.

While #CripTheVote is a nonpartisan project, we understand that many people have already developed preferences for particular candidates. This is great–we only ask that everyone is respectful in their interactions with each other. Our primary focus here is on increasing engagement with disability issues as a part of American politics and on the need for that we are all in agreement!

Please note we do not represent the entire disability community nor would we ever claim to do so. There are many ways to create social change and engaging in conversation is one approach.

#CripTheVote Links

Resources on voting and people with disabilities:

#CripTheVote Facebook Page:

A note on language and why we use the term ‘crip’


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