The Messenger
June 16, 2020
“There's no such thing as a vote that doesn't matter.”
~ Barack Obama
It's National Disability Voter Registration Week!

Voters with disabilities are under-represented at the ballot box. It's time to get registered to vote.

"If people with disabilities voted at the same rate as people without disabilities who have the same demographic characteristics, there would be about 2.35 million more voters." (Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations)

You voice and your vote has power! Make the promise to vote. Sign The Arc's Voter Pledge! Create your voting plan!
National Disability Voter Week declared in Wisconsin!
Governor Tony Evers has signed a proclamation proclaiming this week as National Disability Voter Registration week throughout the state of Wisconsin. Thank you Govenor Evers for recognizing the importance of the disability vote! Read the proclamation here.
Check your registration status or get registered to vote if you aren't at My Vote Wisconsin .

August 11 & November 3 are election days. Request your absentee ballots now by clicking here.

Would you like assistance? Have questions or concerns about upcoming elections? You can contact:
Looking for more voter resources?
Have questions about who can vote and how voting works? Want to learn more about the candidates and issues? The Arc has developed several documents to help you out. Click the buttons to the right to read more.
Time To Renew Your Membership & Become Part of The Arc-Dane County!

Please renew or start up your membership and be part of the financial support for our work promoting advocacy, social and educational events, and information sharing. Because of you, we are able to continue efforts to improve the lives of those with I/DD and their families. We succeed because of your support. Thank you!
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Public Health Dane County and Madison Mandates Masks in Public

All who can should be wearing face coverings or masks when outside of your home. This includes when you are riding public transportation, inside of a business, at someone else's home, or at the doctor or dentist. The full order can be found here .
The Knights of Columbus are fundraising for The Arc-Dane County!

Due to COVID-19, the Knights of Columbus Council #4549 are unable to have their annual fundraisers (and Tootsie Roll sales) so they are going virtual. Funds raised are shared with The Arc-Dane County and every year they have been fabulous supporters of our organization along with our local Special Olympics teams. Please visit their gofundme page and thank you for supporting The Arc-Dane County.
Senate Action Needed on Developing A Fourth Coronavirus Package

  • In May, the House passed its fourth coronavirus package, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act (H.R.6800), with a vote of 208-199. The Senate will begin negotiations on their fourth coronavirus package when it returns from recess on July 20.

Contact your Senators and tell them to include the disability community in all relief bills. We are essential and our needs must be considered.
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The 2020 Census has started. Many people with disabilities are left out which impacts funding, services, and supports.