Episode 59: Voting Rights and Accessible Polling Places
Voting is one of our nation’s most fundamental rights and a hallmark of our democracy. Yet for too long, many people with disabilities have been excluded from this core aspect of citizenship. The November mid-term elections will soon be upon us! Knowing our voting rights, including the right to accessible polling places, is critical to having our voices heard and participating fully in our communities.
Join us at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, August 1 for ADA Live! (WADA) when our topic will be voting rights and access to polling places. In this episode, Ms. Bobbie Holsclaw, Jefferson County (Kentucky) Court Clerk and Chairwoman of the Louisville-Jefferson County Board of Elections, shares with us her experiences to ensure voting is accessible for all.
The Jefferson County Clerk’s Office
The Jefferson County Clerk’s Office is a state constitutional agency with varied duties governed by the Kentucky Revised Statutes. With the Departments of Motor Vehicles, Legal Records and Elections all under the auspices of the County Clerk, the Office directly serves the citizens of Jefferson County, Kentucky. The Jefferson County Election Center is responsible for conducting all elections, including administering elections laws, registering voters, candidate filing, the surveying of polling locations, and maintenance of voting machines. County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw serves as the chair of the board of elections, overseeing a voter population of 593,000 registered citizens. The Election Center is responsible for printing ballots, canvassing the votes at primary and general elections, and certifying election results before they are transferred to the secretary of state. While the duties of the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office may be varied, it’s mission is clear – the JCCO is here to offer exceptional service based around the ideals of value and integrity. It strives to perform at the highest possible standard, making all citizens’ government experience as pleasant and effective as possible.