December Lunch and Learn Program: Voting with a disability

Aptiv educates League of Women Voters...

For people with a disability, heading out to the polls can come with some challenges.

Whether it’s a vision or hearing impairment, a physical or verbal disability, accessibility at the polls is often overlooked.

According to a Self Advocates Becoming Empowered survey, access to proper resources at a polling place directly impacts the participation of voters with disabilities.

On Tuesday, Aptiv representatives spoke with the League of Women Voters at their December Lunch and Learn Program.

Aptiv, Inc. is a disability services & support organization in La Crosse.

Community Outreach Specialist with Aptiv, Jimmy Westland, says it all starts with education when breaking the barriers for voters with disabilities.

“One of the biggest reason it’s important to get it out there is because not everybody has a visible disability,” said Westland. “There’s a lot of people in our community that may need support. We’re here to educate people on those different ways that people need assistance.”

Governor Tony Evers signed a bill in November that allows voters who cannot state their name and address to have an election official or person of their choice say it for them.

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