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The Disability Vote Counts! Campaign to Rally People with Disabilities Across Georgia

Campaign to inform, educate and encourage voters with disabilities to get out the vote.

June 18, 2018 (Atlanta, GA) – Millions of Americans, including Americans with disabilities, will head to the polls to cast their vote in the 2018 Midterm elections on November 6, 2018. The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) has kicked off The Disability Vote Counts! campaign to educate and inform voters with disabilities on the upcoming midterm elections.

GCDD Disability Vote

GCDD will incorporate “Civics 101” in all of its communications outreach which includes its social media channels, email marketing, Making a Difference magazine, and GCDD e-news. The campaign will highlight the legislative offices and their responsibilities; issues on the table; and all the information people with disabilities need to know for the election. The campaign will focus on candidates from the federal, state and local elections.

The goal is to give voters key information on what each office is responsible for and its importance in advancing issues that are important to Georgia’s disability community.

“There are a lot of issues like Medicaid, education, employment, housing that are up for debate also affect people with disabilities,” said GCDD Executive Director Eric Jacobson. “We think it is important to inform this voter base that they have power at the polls. People with disabilities have the largest minority vote in the nation, and we want to activate conversations, power up advocacy, and have our voices heard.”

This campaign comes in an energized midterm election season that has all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and the full terms for 33 out of the 100 seats in the United States Senate up for election. Across the country, there are 39 governor races on the ballot, including Georgia.

In Georgia, GCDD focuses on who Georgians will be voting for, including:

• All 56 State Senators
• All 180 State Representatives
• The 14 US Representatives
• Governor
• Lt. Governor
• Georgia Executive Branch
• Local Officials

For more on the importance of the disability vote read the spring edition of GCDD’s Making a Difference magazine, online at

About the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities: The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is the State’s leader in advancing public policy on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. Its mission is to bring about social and policy changes that promote opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities and their families to live, work, play and worship in Georgia communities. For more information, visit


For more information:
Hillary Hibben, Media Relations Director
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
404.657.2121 (office) | 470.698.3062 (cell)