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Voting Accessibility Reviews… how did it go for you?

Maria_cdrf2019
Maria_cdrf2019 Member, Moderator, Information Specialist Posts: 13 Moderator
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Though Americans living with disabilities represent one of the largest voting blocs in the country, barriers still exist making voting difficult. In this past election where voter turned out was one of the highest in history, how accessible was it for you to vote?  Did you use a ballot by mail for the first time or was voting in person available in your district with the proper guidelines in place?
Maria Fonseca -  Associate Information Specialist
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  • Sterlion
    Sterlion Moderator Posts: 109 Moderator
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    I went to a polling place for the first time last election and decided to do the mail in option for the future. Other places might be different but the place I went to didn't have a place for wheelchairs so I was given my ballot at a table that was not protected. It was between the polls and where you turn in the ballot so people were constantly walking by and I'm sure looking at my choices. This year I took it in the comfort of  my own home and plan to do it in the future.
  • AskNurseLinda
    AskNurseLinda Moderator, Information Specialist Posts: 170 Information Specialist
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    Hi, Sterlion, A few years ago, I went to my polling place with someone who uses a wheelchair. The polling place was noted to be accessible and it was, but it wasn't. The accessible entrance was in the back but closed off by tables and chairs that were displaced for the polling process to take place. Everyone was nice about moving the blocking items but it was a huge job and took a long time. It was embarrassing to the person as it caused such a fuss and disruption for everyone else. It shouldn't have been embarrassing but that is how the person felt.  Clearly everyone was kind and supportive. Some of the voter helped but for the person in need, it drew attention and became a big deal. I think accessible means equivalent to the needs of others. This person elected to get an absentee ballot after the experience. At the next election, the polling place changed to an accessible school. Someone in charge took action which was good but it should not have happened at all. It was unfortunate all around. Nurse Linda

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  • Maria_cdrf2019
    Maria_cdrf2019 Member, Moderator, Information Specialist Posts: 13 Moderator
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    Maria Fonseca -  Associate Information Specialist
    [email protected]