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Disabled people need equal voting rights

July 1, 2012
Mike Croskey, Marshalltown , Times-Republican

I have been a resident of the Iowa Veterans Home for 15 years. This is because I suffer from a disorder called muscular dystrophy. I served my county during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged.

I am writing because I do not feel people with disabilities are treated equally in Iowa with their right to vote. If a person is not a resident of a care facility, such as the Iowa Veterans Home, he/she can request an absentee ballot for any reason and it is mailed to her/his home or wherever they request it sent.

If you are a resident of a care facility, the absentee ballot is held in the auditor's office until a team made up of one Democrat and one Republican brings it around for you to vote. This might not seem like an inconvenience to you, but think about how you would feel with someone standing waiting for you to vote.

This is a good law for people who want this service and it allows many people to vote that would not be able to go to the polls otherwise. However, as a veteran who is competent and able to take care of my own ballot, I should have the right to vote just like a person who lives outside of a care facility. This is upsetting not only to me, but also to many others who live at the Iowa Veterans Home.

The law should be changed to grant that option. Show me the clause in the constitution that says you lose your rights when you become sick, disabled or elderly and have to live in a care facility in the state of Iowa?

Residents of the Iowa Veterans Home have asked our members of the state legislature to make these changes and ask you to support our efforts.

 
 

 

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