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Report: Barriers To Voting For SC Disabled

STATE URGED TO ADOPT ELECTORAL REFORMS || By FITSNEWS || A report scheduled to be released this week claims “voters with disabilities” face barriers when it comes to casting their ballots. Wait … just the disabled?  Clearly these folks haven’t been to Richland County, S.C. – where barriers to polling access…

STATE URGED TO ADOPT ELECTORAL REFORMS

|| By FITSNEWS || A report scheduled to be released this week claims “voters with disabilities” face barriers when it comes to casting their ballots.

Wait … just the disabled?  Clearly these folks haven’t been to Richland County, S.C. – where barriers to polling access were deliberately erected in anti-tax districts in an effort to secure passage for a $1.2 billion sales tax hike.  Yeah … that happened.  And no one’s done a damn thing about it.

Anyway, according to the findings of a report by Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, “voters with disabilities do not have equal opportunity to vote in South Carolina.” Furthermore, the report “outlines changes that are needed in the South Carolina voting process to assure that all voters, including voters with disabilities, can exercise the right to vote privately and independently.”

The group based its findings and conclusions on the basis of “accessibility surveys at 303 polling precincts across the state during the general election.”

“Unequal access for voters with disabilities continues to plague South Carolina,” said Gloria Prevost, the executive director of the group.  “This is not just an issue in a few select precincts. Voters with disabilities face barriers statewide.  The state has a responsibility to uphold the fundamental right of voting access for all citizens.”

We agree … including white people who don’t like tax hikes (and can walk).

Are these rights being protected, though?  Hell no … 

Anyway, regarding expanded access for disabled voters, the group proposes …

  • County Election Administrations are trained on how to conduct polling place accessibility surveys and every polling place in each county is evaluated on a regular basis.
  • Polling places found inaccessible are either made temporarily accessible on Election Day or relocated to accessible locations.
  • Curbside voting is implemented consistently across the state to meet the Department of Justice’s recommendations on curbside voting practices.
  • Consistent, clearly readable, and well-placed signage is available at every polling location across the state to assist all voters in the electoral process.
  • Training for County Election Administrations and poll managers includes information about the rights of voters with disabilities, laws, best practices, and the rights of people with disabilities.

Yeah … okay.  All of that sounds fine.  We don’t have a problem with any of those things.  After all, voting (to the extent it matters anymore) is a core function of government – so it ought to be done properly.  And funded commensurately.  But in adopting these measures to ensure fair access to the disabled – who are a subset of a declining demographic (a.k.a. VOTERS) – we’re missing the bigger picture.

Bottom line? If rigged elections that raise our taxes are permitted to stand, what is the point of casting a ballot in this state?

Good question, people … that’s a good question.

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29 comments

just vote and shut up! February 3, 2015 at 9:07 am

Liberals are mentally disabled and manage to get to the polls, some multiple times.What is the problem?

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Smirks February 3, 2015 at 9:16 am

I’m not handicapped, I’m handicapable. Just making voting via the internet a reality and everything’s good. I spend all day on the internet anyway.

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Smirks February 3, 2015 at 9:29 am

Does it make you mad that I post here? :)

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Smirks February 3, 2015 at 10:48 am

Why are you using my name?

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Rocky February 3, 2015 at 9:48 am

To Smirks Imposter – Internet? Even Smirks is more advanced than that. If the elected officials of SC really wanted to make voting easier for people they’d have it on a phone app. But they’de never do that because younger voters would participate more, and the old elite entitled ruling class would be kicked out. Everyone should be able to vote on their iPhone. Seriously, with the technology today – it’s a no brainer.

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Bible Thumper February 3, 2015 at 9:59 am

I’m sure there would be no fraud. For instance a fake Smirks voting in place of the real one.

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Smirks February 3, 2015 at 10:32 am

If Disqus gets the online voting contract, I think we’re all screwed really.

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Smirks February 3, 2015 at 10:49 am

“I’m sure there would be no fraud.”

Just like now.

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mamatiger92 February 3, 2015 at 10:50 am

Morning, Flip.

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GrandTango February 3, 2015 at 9:25 am

When you are told FITS is Full-of-S#!T….this is an EXCELLENT example…

In the past, the people who built this country -so that boring, milquetoast, Yuppie-cul-d-saccers like FITS, could b!t*ch and moan – faced barriers…

Today, NO ONE – other than Conservatives looking for an honest voice – faces barriers…Because politicians run first to the Whiners, like FITS, to shut up the spoiled and pampered, lazy-@$$ed brats… who have no idea what true BARRIERS are…

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mamatiger92 February 3, 2015 at 10:11 am

speaking of voters with disabilities….

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GrandTango February 3, 2015 at 10:17 am

I’m speaking of government-based barriers…you Ignorant F*#k….

The point is: the government has done, and does ALL it can to try to make it as easy as it can..for ANYONE with a disability…

Are you so F*#king Stupid (probably so) you did not get that from what I posted???

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grandtangosuglydog February 3, 2015 at 11:04 am

I think I can say with 100% accuracy that no one gets what you write, as its delusional, hate filled, dishonest and bat shit crazy 99.99999% of the time. that is why you are considered such a joke. Also why your blog, crickets and tumbleweeds, only had 3 visitors during its glorious run.

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GrandTango February 3, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Then why is the ONLY substance you ever offer, is either about me, or copied from me?

grandtangosuglydog February 3, 2015 at 12:44 pm

You dont offer substance..you offer the perfect example of an ignorant red neck GOP voter: racist, ignorant, ignoring facts, calling names, shit T all you offer is fodder for jokes. No one takes you seriously, no one. Hence why your website, cricketsandtumbleweeds was such a colossal failure. You are simply stated: a joke.

nitrat February 3, 2015 at 1:03 pm

Why don’t you quit responding to the idiot?
THAT is what keeps him going!

Rocky February 3, 2015 at 12:51 pm

So then making it easier still for people with disabilities is bad? I’m sticking with technology so I can vote from my iPhone. That way we can increase participation. And that’s a good thing – don’t you think T. Then ya’ll would really wup our butts.

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GrandTango February 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm

I have a feeling…that if you only let lazy-@$$, dumb@$$#$ vote…only the Obama-phone Carriers will get through…

Kinda like Obama using the IRS to persecute Conservatives…

The easier it is to cheat…the more Democrats will get elected…

We need more Makers voting…Takers need to stay at home on your @$$…You have F*#ked up enough already…thank you….The less you vote…the better off the country is…

Rocky February 3, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Makers love their iPhones too.

GrandTango February 3, 2015 at 10:21 am

Speaking of flat-minded clichés…

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mamatiger92 February 3, 2015 at 10:22 am

Pot meet kettle.

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Smirks February 3, 2015 at 10:34 am

GrandTango gets fired up when it comes to helping disabled people. I remember his rant on the ADA in the not so distant past.

GrandTango February 3, 2015 at 10:42 am

I help the disabled. Probably MUCH more than you lip-service liberals, EVER have…

I just don’t try to make them look like hand-out-begging idiots…like, you, FITS and the Democrat Party do, in order to use them for votes…

Flip Needs A Handjob February 3, 2015 at 5:03 pm

You help the disabled alright.

Rocky February 3, 2015 at 10:00 am

Vaccine

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close the border February 3, 2015 at 12:03 pm

influx of illegals causing spread of Measles

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Rocky February 3, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Sure. You realize of course in Mexico 99% of all children receive immunizations for polio and measles – right? Just before they start a regime of leg-crunches to beef up their calves for the hike with the 90-pounds of dope.

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GOPlovesblackpeople February 3, 2015 at 4:11 pm

GT is pushing a bill to put handicap ramps in the predominantly white precincts. He wants to use prison labor to build the ramps

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erneba February 3, 2015 at 6:54 pm

The only barrier to voting in SC is the quality of candidates afforded to me on the ballot.

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