Report Lays Out Array of Options to Ensure Disabled Veterans Can Vote
WASHINGTON - Better use of technology and support services could make voting more accessible for the more than 49,000 Americans injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a report released today by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
Many of these individuals are in recovery and rehabilitative centers away from their homes and face barriers that prevent them from voting privately and independently, according to the report Making Voting More Accessible for Veterans with Disabilities. In addition, many are still learning to use assistive technology and adapt to their changed circumstances. The report details the specific barriers they face to participating in elections and explores the opportunities for federal, state and local government efforts for improving access to voting for veterans with disabilities.
"We have an obligation to make sure that every American has an opportunity to exercise their right to vote privately and independently," said ITIF Senior Analyst Daniel Castro who led the research project. "This report provides a comprehensive summary of what governments are doing - and can do better - to honor that obligation."
Among the injuries troops returning from Iraq and Afghanis