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Episode 33: Voting Access: What Poll Workers Need to Know

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


Episode 33 Resources: Voting Access: What Poll Workers Need to Know

Recording & Transcripts



Episode 33 Transcript (PDF)


Melanie Jane Bull; Public Policy Director, Tennessee Disability Coalition
Donna DeStefano; Assistant Director, Tennessee Disability Coalition


People with disabilities tend to vote about 10-20% less than those without disabilities, making it easier to dismiss the disability population. Although a study by Rutgers University shows that the vast majority of voters with disabilities are able to cast their votes privately and independently, the perception among these voters persists that they will encounter barriers at their polling place. In this episode, we will discuss the laws affecting access to voting, voters’ rights to access, and what poll workers need to know in order to provide full access to voting, and the resources to help them do just that.

Featured Organization 

Tennessee Disability Coalition
Tennessee Disability Coalition provides information, training, and guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act and disability access tailored to the needs of business, government, and individuals at local, state, and regional levels. Tennessee Disability Coalition is located in Nashville, Tennessee and serves as the Tennessee state affiliate of the Southeast ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network. For answers to your ADA questions, contact the ADA National Network at 1-800-949-4232 (voice/tty).