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Voter education event for those with disabilities

BCCC students and young adults with disabilities can experience the voting process and learn about their rights as a voter on July 11

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The Bucks County Center for Independent Living and the League of Women Voters of Bucks County are partnering for a voter education event on Thursday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Bucks County Community College’s Epstein Campus, 1304 Veterans Highway, Bristol, to offer students and young adults with disabilities the opportunity to experience the voting process and learn about their rights as a voter.

According to the American Association of People with Disabilities, there are over 38 million people with disabilities who are eligible to vote, but access barriers keep many disabled voters from accessing their right to vote. These barriers exist in many forms, and education is one step in the process to eliminate them.

Participants at the event will be able to experience in-person voting using the county’s voting equipment, under the direction of the Bucks County Board of Elections. Voter registration and educational materials on voting, including mail-in voting and voting rights of people with disabilities, will also be available.

Claire Leal, BCCIL director of services, said, “We know people have anxiety about new experiences. We hope that by providing an opportunity for young adults to learn the voting process, ask questions and have hands-on experience with the equipment that young adults with disabilities will feel more empowered, informed and confident when exercising their right to vote.” 

Student groups interested in attending should contact Leal at 484-655-2211 or claireleal@lvcil.org

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