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Officials remind nursing home residents: we can bring the vote to you

October 9, 2018
by I Advance Senior Care
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Erin Pettegrew, acting state long-term care ombudsman, is reminding Ohioans in nursing homes that they have the right to vote, and voting can be brought to them.

“We do it every election,” said Jody O’Brien, one of Hancock County’s election directors.

She said the local election board is in contact with nursing homes, and can send absentee ballots or come out to assist older voters. If the person wants to vote in the nursing home where they live, then one Republican and one Democrat will come and assist them. O’Brien said this happens prior to Election Day, according to The Courier.

In a blog post for the Ohio Department of Aging, Pettegrew wrote that “Ohio and many other states … grant long-term care residents the right to vote in their facility, receive assistance to vote and request certain accommodations. A notable exception is that individuals that have been determined by a court to be incompetent are not allowed to vote.”

Every polling location must have a voting machine that is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Pettegrew encouraged nursing home residents who are able to travel to a polling place to tell poll workers if they require an accessible voting system.

O’Brien said one machine in every precinct will have a numeric keypad and headphones, allowing someone who may have vision issues to vote. All polling places are also handicap accessible.

Read the full story at The Courier.