PRESS RELEASE

July 14, 2020

DFL Party Statement on National Disability Voter Registration Week

Today, Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin released the following statement in honor of National Disability Voter Registration Week:

“Right now in Minnesota, there are over 500,000 people with disabilitieswho are eligible to vote in the 2020 elections. Unfortunately, there are still far too many barriers in place that make it harder for the disability community’s voices to be heard at the ballot box.

“In honor of National Disability Voter Registration week, the Minnesota DFL Party is reaffirming our commitment to making voting as accessible as possible for each and every eligible Minnesotan. Earlier this year, the DFL Party released a comprehensive plan to do just that, which included mailing every eligible but unregistered voter a registration form, application to vote by mail, and prepaid postage for return. If we are going to be a truly inclusive democracy, then we must do more to proactively reach out to those who have been traditionally excluded from that democracy, including people with disabilities.

“Minnesota’s disability community is strong, proud, and diverse, and has done so much to make Minnesota the greatest state in the nation. The Minnesota DFL Party will continue to fight for change to ensure people with disabilities are fully and freely able to exercise their constitutional right to vote.”

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