Nursing and group home residents are particularly susceptible to having their ballots tampered with and/or their actual voting preference suppressed.
The past two election cycles have produced mounting evidence that group home residents — particularly the cognitively impaired — are ripe for vote theft.
“In Wisconsin, the state assembly appointed a special counsel to investigate vote fraud in nursing homes after an investigation by a county sheriff uncovered evidence indicating numerous cases of vote fraud in a nursing home. Special Counsel Michael Gableman, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, released a report this year indicating ‘rampant fraud and abuse occurred statewide’ at Wisconsin’s nursing homes and other residential care facilities.”
Attorney General Edwin Meese and Ambassador J. Kenneth Blackwell
“We’ve received reports of cognitively impaired facility residents having their ballot choices made by staff, sometimes under coercion and often without their knowledge. Other complaints have uncovered activist groups across the country collecting ballots from residential facilities with the promise that the ballots would be delivered to election officials. The chain of custody and security of ballots should be a foremost concern for any facility director.”
ACRU President Lori Roman
Voter Bill of Rights
Group Home and Care Facility Residents
Voting is a cherished and precious right for all Americans — the American Constitutional Rights Union has been fighting for free and fair elections for decades. Now, we must turn our efforts to protect and preserve secure voting for care facility and group home residents.
Care facility residents face a host of voting challenges, often stemming from logistical hurdles. Often, due to living arrangements in assisted care facilities, residents must trust and rely on others for voting assistance. Sadly, these conditions create potential opportunities for fraud and absentee and mail-in ballot abuse.
We must do everything in our power to make sure the votes of care facility residents are protected and counted fairly. This Voter Bill of Rights outlines what citizens can and should expect from our election systems — an environment respecting their voting choices while making it easy to vote and hard to cheat.