Editorial Slams Election Officials For Questioning Disability
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 12, 2004
RONAN, MONTANA--During the November 2 election, a voter who works in a Ronan sheltered workshop was stopped on his way to vote.
An election official challenged the man's right to vote because he was not able to sign his own name on the provisional ballot form.
That elector's vote was counted, however, because state and federal laws do not prohibit people with disabilities from casting a ballot. Only people who have been formally deemed "incompetent" by a court can be refused the right to vote.
That single vote could determine who will represent state House District 12, along with whether control of the House of Representatives will stay with Republicans or move to Democrats.
An editorial in Wednesday's Missoulian blasted the election official and others who have challenged this right.
"People with disabilities are already often treated like second-class citizens," the opinion piece read. "They deserve to be treated like every other voter at the polls."
"Besides, it's the law."
"Disabled voters' ballots count just the same" (Missoulian)