Rising turnout of voters with disabilities
You can’t miss the signs that state and local elections are right around the corner. Advocates for people with disabilities are hoping to build on the trend that surfaced in the 2008 presidential election: Turnout soared, according to the American Association of People with Disabilities. An estimated 14.7 Americans with disabilities voted in that election, say researchers Lisa Schur and Douglas Kruse of Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations. In some states, such as Virginia, students can now register to vote and declare their dorm room as their place of residency. Other places require that a permanent home address be designated. Wherever you live, now’s the time to obtain an absentee ballot if you won’t be present to vote on Election Day in your specified precinct.
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