Unfortunately, people with disabilities, including mental health disabilities, are less likely to be registered to vote and less likely to vote if registered. Consequently, our issues take a back seat to those associated with groups who have more political clout, groups more likely to turn out voters.
In 2004 the Disability Vote Coalition of Pennsylvania (DVC) was formed to address this distressing trend and to empower people with disabilities through greater participation in the electoral process. It’s a free membership organization that has been steadily growing over the past several years.
The DVC is a project of Disability Rights Pennsylvania.
The Disability Voting Coalition is supported by an Advisory Committee representing a cross section of Pennsylvania’s organizations that provide services to or advocate for people with disabilities.
The DVC is funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.