Voting from Nursing Homes: Tough for Vets, Tough for EveryoneAPRIL 27, 2011
An article by the National Conference of State Legislatures looks at voting for wounded veterans in rehab facilities, noting that it's not easy for anyone -- a veteran or not -- to vote from nursing homes. The 2011 report, "Bringing the Vote to Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities: A Study of the Benefits and Challenges of Mobile Polling", published in the January issue of Election Law Journal, details the problems: mobility, cognition, unclear regulation of what assistance is legal, and more. With 1.5 million Americans living in long-term care facilities, this is a huge part of the potential voter pool. "Mobile polling is a process whereby election officials bring the ballot to residents of long-term care facilities, provide voters assistance when needed, and, where legislative deadlines permit, register voters as well," said study author Jason Karlawish, MD, associate professor in Geriatrics and associate director of the Penn Memory Center.