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October 13, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FIGHTING TO VOTE
Voting hurdles remain for disabled voters in Collin County
Plano, TX Collin County Democrats With Disabilities (CCDWD) has launched a movement to ensure that curbside voting is more accessible for those with disabilities. During the last election year, they noticed a major problem at many of the voting sites regarding people with disabilities- there was no designated signage to direct them where to go, and many were not sure how the process was to work. Complaints began to appear on social media sites. “There are 59,882 people with disabilities,18 years of age and older, in Collin County directly impacted by this problem, say’s Kate Garrison, President of CCDWD. “But this election year we plan to change things for the better”, she stated.
This year CCDWD has partnered with Bruce Sherbet, Collin County Elections Administrator, Molly Broadway, Disability Rights TX, a non-profit, nonpartisan advocacy group, and other volunteer groups, to rectify the problem so that the process is more appealing and user friendly. By law, people with disabilities have the right to an accessible polling place, a private ballot, special voting devices , voting assistance, interpreters, alternative voting methods (curbside voting, voting by mail, early voting), provisional ballots and voter registration. “We have modified the curbside voting signs we are planning to post at voting locations”, Mr Sherbet said, “In addition, we will update the wording on the Elections Department website to reflect the new procedures.”, he said. The goal is to make sure that all curbside voting stations are clearly marked, and that poll workers are aware of how the process works when the listed phone number on the signage is called.
Collin County Democrats With Disabilities is a North Texas based organization committed to representing the needs and issues of people with disabilities. Our mission is to be a visible, proactive advocate for positive change in Collin and surrounding counties; the Democratic Party; and the communities in which we live, work, shop and attend school.
For more information and/or interviews, please contact Kate Garrison at 307-314 ABLE (2253 or firstname.lastname@example.org.