Monday, September 27, 2010

MU recruits students with disabilities to work at election polls

The Truman School's Institute for Public Policy is working to include more students with disabilities in the voting process.

The institute is working with the MU Office of Disability Services and the Boone County Clerk’s Office to recruit students with disabilities to work at polling places in the November election, according to a news release from the MU News Bureau.

This initiative is funded by a $20,000 grant from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, which focuses on students with disabilities.

The goal is to encourage everyone to vote and make sure that everyone is included, said Emily Johnson, coordinator for the Institute for Public Policy.

The institute's goal is to recruit 15 to 20 students for the November election. They had seven students with disabilities working at polling locations in the April and August elections.

A booth will be set up on Wednesday on Lowry Mall as a part of Celebrate Ability Week in order to recruit students.


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