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Help Us Thank Senators that Prompted GAO Voting Access Study!

On May 13, Senators Robert Casey, Charles Schumer, Kelly Ayotte, and Roy Blunt sent a letter to the Honorable Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States requesting that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) undertake a field study of the accessibility of voting systems and polling places for seniors and persons with disabilities during the November 8, 2016 election. The GAO, which has agreed to undertake the study, will focus specifically on the extent to which polling places and voting systems are accessible so that citizens can cast votes privately and independently; the accessibility of polling places used in early voting; and actions taken in recent years to facilitate voting access for seniors and persons with disabilities. This study follows similar surveys facilitated by the GAO during the 2000 and 2008 elections, making it possible to analyze how much has changed with regard to accessibility of polling places and voting systems in recent elections. Please send your thanks to the offices of Senators Casey, Schumer, Ayotte, and Blunt for their efforts to secure this important study. You can find their contact information at

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