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Each Election Day, voters with disabilities combat barriers to cast ballots

 As protests break out at elections offices over which votes should be counted and which shouldn’t, one group continues to grapple with just voting in the first place. About 38 million people with disabilities, or one-sixth of the electorate, were eligible to vote this year, according to a study by Rutgers University. Yet turnout is historically lower for this group, with physical challenges and a lack of support often standing between them and the ballot box. There are legal protections in place for voters with disabilities, under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and the 2002 Help America Vote Act – but voters and advocates still report barriers to voting.

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