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Column: Breaking down barriers to voting for people with disabilities


ID: A "vote here" and "access" sign shown on a patch of grass. ( Daniella Heminghaus/for States Newsroom)


During the Nov. 8, 2022, general election, Detroit Disability Power partnered with The Carter Center to conduct an audit of 261 polling locations across 15 jurisdictions in Metro Detroit to determine whether they were accessible as required by law.


The audit results were nothing short of dismal and troubling. Despite there being between 1.5 to 2 million residents in Michigan with a disability and approximately 129,000 residents with disabilities in Detroit alone, only 16% of the 261 polling locations audited were fully accessible.


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