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Disability vote

People with disabilities have the opportunity to help elect leaders we want to represent us. There are 29,200 people with disabilities in Nevada County alone (Census 2000)! There are basically two options for impacting the political system, money or votes. While people with disabilities as a group do not have money, we do have the potential of impacting the political system through voting.

People with disabilities need to make their voices be heard politically in order to get serious attention to our issues. Our representatives routinely listen to various blocks of voters such as ethnic groups, seniors, and labor unions. If people with disabilities just voted at the same rate as the general population then we would be considered a voting block and political representatives would take us more seriously. Americans with disabilities have major issues such as healthcare, personal attendant services, accessible technologies, transportation, and employment, which affect our lives and need to be addressed. We need to connect the outcome of these issues directly to our dismal turnout at the polls.

We must be seen as a voting block and a force to be reckoned with. We have the numbers to change things, we must VOTE.

Ana Acton

Nevada City

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