DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College has received a $4,000 grant from Disability Rights Iowa (DRI) to fund activities that will facilitate voter registration and participation in the November General Election with an emphasis on students with disabilities and/or mental illness.
“It’s always been part of our charge at Loras College to meet the needs of all in our community,” Jim Collins, president of Loras College, said. “This gives us a unique chance to ensure everyone has the opportunity to make a difference through the political process.”
Through the grant, students will be able to register to vote on campus with campus community members becoming registrars through the Board of Elections. Programming on the importance of political activism, election reform and how legislation affects voting and access will be offered. In addition, information on the right to vote for people with disabilities and/or mental illness will be distributed. The grant partners Loras Politics faculty members, the Counseling Center, Student Life Office and the Lynch Learning Center in providing information, events, workshops and the coordination of activities.
Disability Rights IOWA receives funding as part of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) to provide education, training, and assistance to individuals with disabilities that will promote their full participation in the electoral process, including registering to vote, casting a vote and accessing polling places.
The organization also provides education trains and educates election officials, poll workers, and volunteers regarding the rights of the voters with disabilities and best practices in working with them.
Visit www.loras.edu, call 563.588.7100 or (800) 245-6727, like Loras College on Facebook or follow @lorascollege for more information.
About Loras College
Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. According to the 2016 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, Loras College was named the 13th Best Regional College: Midwest. Visit www.loras.edu for more information.
About Disability Rights Iowa
Disability Rights IOWA aims to defend and promote the human and legal rights of Iowans who have disabilities and mental illness. It promotes safety, opportunity, access, and self-determination for all Iowans through a program of self-advocacy education, information, and referral; non-legal advocacy; and legal and systems advocacy. Visit www.disabilityrightsiowa.org.
Sue Hafkemeyer, Director of Communications
Office: 563.588.7769 | Cell: 563.590.3999
Thomas Jensen, Public Relations Manager
Office: 563.588.7179 | Cell: 919.930.1997