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I Want to Vote, Do You?

Sep 2016

Voting is integral to American citizenship.  In this election, perhaps more so than others, that is so true.  Imagine if you got to the poll but couldn’t vote?  That’s what many Americans with disabilities face every election. 

Our favorite disability newsletter had this great story out of North Carolina:

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA-- [Excerpt] As many as three million more ballots nationwide could be cast in every election if people with disabilities voted at the same rate as the general population.

That’s the word from Disability Rights North Carolina, which this week launched a drive to help people with disabilities overcome the problems they sometimes encounter in North Carolina’s polling places. These can include obstacles for people whose physical mobility and/or visual abilities are limited.

Leaders of the nonprofit group say a new website, www.accessthevotenc.org, should simplify matters.

The website guides potential voters through issues such as eligibility, registering, and voting in person, from home, or from a residential facility, Matthew Herr, policy analyst for Disability Rights, said in a news release.

Mark Ezzell, a Raleigh lawyer who uses a wheelchair, said in an interview that he worked on a similar effort, Accessvote, in 2000, along with the American Association for People with Disabilities.

Entire article: Disabled and Want to Vote? New Website Makes the Process Clearer

Disclaimer: Nothing in this newsletter is legal advice. It is instead a relaying of decisions and information about the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act to public parks and recreation. Readers interested in legal advice should seek an attorney licensed in your state that knows the ADA and can apply it to parks and recreation.