#CripTheVote Chat: Voter Mobilization
October 21, 2018
4 pm Pacific, 5 pm Mountain, 6 pm Central, 7 pm Eastern
Guest hosts: Sarah Blahovec and Sarah Funes
Election Day is in 2 weeks away and #CripTheVote is thrilled to have guest hosts Sarah Blahovec and Sarah Funes, two disability activists involved with community organizing and get-out-the-vote efforts for the disability community, join us for a discussion on voter outreach and mobilization.
How to Participate
Follow @GreggBeratan @AndrewPulrang @DisVisibility @SarahFunes. When it’s time for the chat, search #CripTheVote on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the ‘Latest’ tab for the full conversation.
If you don’t use Twitter, you can follow along in real time here: http://twubs.com/CripTheVote
If you might be overwhelmed by the amount of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check @DisVisibility’s account. The questions will be Tweeted 5-6 minutes apart.
Another way to participate in the chat is to use this app that allows you to pause the chat if the Tweets are coming at you too fast: http://www.tchat.io/
Here’s an article about how to participate in a Twitter chat: https://www.adweek.com/digital/how-to-join-a-twitter-hashtag-chat/
Check out this captioned ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc https://www.facebook.com/HEARDDC/videos/1181213075257528/
Introductory Tweets and Chat Questions
Welcome to the #CripTheVote chat on voter mobilization and outreach with guest hosts @Sblahov & @SarahFunes! We look forward to hearing about what is happening your community.
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”
Q1 Please introduce yourself and share any thoughts about #Midterms2018 as Election Day approaches in 2 weeks. #CripTheVote
Q2 There are many different campaigns focused on getting out the vote. Why is voter participation important, especially for the disability community? If you are a student on campus, what’s your experience like registering to vote? #CripTheVote
Q3 What have you seen regarding voter outreach and engagement that is particularly good in terms of accessibility & being inclusive of people with disabilities (PWDs)? How can voter outreach of PWDs improve? #CripTheVote
Q4 What are some unique policy, structural, and social barriers people in the disability community face when it comes to voter turnout? What changes need to happen at the local and state level to improve the situation? Are you aware there are Voter Advisory Committees at the state and county level? If not will you consider applying for yours? #CripTheVote
Q5 What are some other strategies or ideas on how to mobilize reluctant, uninterested, apolitical, or cynical people from voting, especially from the disability community? #CripTheVote
Q6 Slowly, the public is realizing that the disability vote is a significant voting bloc. What are some current issues that you think will mobilize voters with disabilities during #Midterms2018? #CripTheVote
Q7 What are the risks and rewards of seeing the disability community, an incredibly diverse population, as a single voting bloc? How can we effectively ‘flex’ our power? #CripTheVote
Q8 What are you going to do to encourage people to vote? What are some opportunities available for you to volunteer or participate in your county and state or online? #CripTheVote
This concludes our #CripTheVote chat on voter mobilization and outreach! Thank you to everyone for joining us today, especially our guest hosts @Sblahov & @SarahFunes.
Live Tweet Election Day results with us on 11/6: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-cripthevote-events_12.html
Keep the conversation going! A recap of this #CripTheVote chat will be up shortly. Check out our blog for the latest: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/