Denying the vote
Officials say the California elections code requires people who are unable to write their signature to make a mark in front of a witness.
But . . . members of People First of SLO, a self-advocacy organization for people with disabilities, say their stamps are their personal signatures.
A mark such as an X indicates they are illiterate, they say, and requiring a witness impairs their ability to vote privately and independently, as required by the Help America Vote Act of 2002.
So they are fighting at the state level to see the elections code changed to allow for their disabilities.
Amazing that in 2006 this kind of battle would have to be waged at all.
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October 27, 2006 | Email this story