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Study Shows Voters With Disabilities Face Access Barriers

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Voter turnout for people with disabilities is 11 percentage points lower than non-disabled, a number that "doesn't appear to be shrinking significantly," said Lisa Schur of Rutgers University, co-author of the study in Social Science Quarterly

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Jason S (50)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 7:58 pm
You think is wouldn't be a problem today, but it still this. Things just don't work anymore

Rose B (141)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 8:00 pm
It happens here in Australia too much to my shame

Carrie B (306)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 10:39 pm
You are quite right Jason. It shouldn't be a problem today, but it is and it is so unnecessary!

P A (117)
Friday August 10, 2012, 3:43 am
Presumably disabled voters are less likely to vote GOP or they would have been helped(!)l.

Carol H (229)
Friday August 10, 2012, 3:47 am
noted, thank you Carrie

James Merit (144)
Friday August 10, 2012, 1:52 pm
Thank goodness we have 'mail in ballots', thank you for sharing this info!

Past Member (0)
Friday August 10, 2012, 11:55 pm
You would think they could facilitate more email voting too. I hope they resolve these problems before the election.

Devon Leonar (54)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 2:58 am
Thanks Carrie... Folks with disabilities are always braving what many others take for granted.

Kerrie G (116)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 8:39 am
Noted, thanks.

Barb Knight (1688)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 8:48 am
I always vote by absent-t-ballot. There's no way we could get me into those booths with my electric wheelchair and besides, I am cholstrophobic!

. (0)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 10:01 am
How is it that there hasn't been a class suit filed by the several agencies representing the disabled?

Azmi Timur (0)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 11:23 pm
Noted thanks.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 3:41 am
This is really bad. It disenfranchises them. They do need to have a political voice.

Justin M (2)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 6:20 am

Kathleen R (138)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 11:36 am

Antonia Windham (6)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 8:44 pm
I'd expect voters with significant disabilities to show a lower turnout than non-disabled ones even with perfect access (just as I'd expect the same with most activities - when my own hip problems're acting up I've often deliberately sat out lots of things that I'd normally go to, including voting). But there needs to be access in every polling place for those who've decided to vote.

Robert O (12)
Monday August 13, 2012, 12:08 pm
Thanks Carrie.

Alicia N (87)
Monday August 13, 2012, 12:43 pm

Sally S (95)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 12:16 pm
I strongly suspect the same is true here in the UK but with our current governments attitude to the sick and disabled I can't imagine they'll even try to do something about it.

Nancy C (806)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 4:44 pm
At this point, the voting rights are being squelched not helped in the US.
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