The Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) Advocacy Institute hosts a special virtual conversation Sept 11 on Facebook Live featuring US Senator Bob Casey, to inform the needs of the MDA community regarding accessible voting in the 2020 election and beyond.
The chat will take place Friday, September 11, at 2:30 pm EST.
Sen Casey, a longtime ally of the disability community and sponsor of the Accessible Voting Act (S 3206), will be joined by MDA’s Kristin Stephenson to discuss the rights of all individuals to cast their ballots this election, including those living with disabilities and neuromuscular diseases.
“The right to vote is one of the fundamental pillars of American democracy. It is critical that all Americans, regardless of their health or disability status, be able to cast their ballot in every election.
“The Accessible Voting Act would ensure the full process of voting—from registering to vote, to casting a ballot in person or by mail—is open and accessible for everyone. I am pleased to join MDA in their work to educate Americans about their rights when voting – whether by mail or at the ballot box.”
— US Senator Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania)
The conversation aims to provide answers, resources and ways families living with neuromuscular disease can advocate for accessible voting and vote in their own communities in the 2020 election.
The duo will answer questions and discuss the Accessible Voting Act and voting during the pandemic for people with disabilities, including:
- Support and obstacles to passage of the Accessible Voting Act
- Guidance on voting in the 2020 election for people with disabilities including https://www.healthyvoting.org/
- Importance of advocacy and ways to engage at https://www.mda.org/get-involved/advocacy
- MDA guidance for the neuromuscular community during the pandemic at https://www.mda.org/covid19
[Source(s): Muscular Dystrophy Association, PR Newswire]
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