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Media Advisory
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Media Contact:

Angie Nussmeyer, 327-5099

Election Board to Host Poll Worker with Disabilities Forum this Friday

Partnership with Ball State University to make elections more inclusive, encourage involvement

INDIANAPOLIS – On Friday, October 22, the Marion County Election Board and the Bowen Center for Public Affairs will host a community forum from noon to 1 p.m. at the Pecar Health Center to discuss ways to encourage people with disabilities to serve as poll workers on Election Day.

Marion County voters interested in working at the polls on Election Day are welcome to attend and learn about the various roles and responsibilities. For people with disabilities who are interested in serving but still a little unsure about the process, opportunities are available in this election to shadow veteran poll workers. Additionally, participants can share their needs as it relates to working on Election Day.

WHAT:            Community Forum for Poll Workers with Disabilities

WHEN:            Friday, October 22
                       Noon to 1 p.m.

WHERE:         Pecar Health Center
                       6940 North Michigan Road, Indianapolis

Earlier this year, the Marion County Election Board received a $25,000 Help America Vote Act Accessibility grant specifically working toward expanding the participation of people with disabilities in the electoral process. Ball State University’s Bowen Center for Public Affairs and Gregory Fehribach, an attorney and Distinguished Fellow at the Bowen Center, are assisting the Board in this effort.

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