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Study possibly in the works on Louisiana disabled voter access

By: - April 28, 2022 5:56 pm
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A proposal to study the rights of Louisiana’s disabled voters to see if additional accommodations are needed to give them access to the polls cleared the Louisiana House of Representatives on Thursday.

House Concurrent Resolution 14, sponsored by Rep. Matthew Willard, D-New Orleans, advanced unopposed from the House floor and heads next to the Senate. A study resolution is a common way to gain nonpartisan recommendations on a particular issue. 

Willard’s resolution would assemble a task force, which would examine the amenities and procedures currently available in Louisiana for disabled voters and any impediments that might exist. The task force would then make recommendations that may be included in future legislation.

Prior to Wednesday’s vote, the resolution underwent changes Republican lawmakers wanted to remove curbside voting as a topic to study for people who use wheelchairs or cannot physically enter a polling place. 

The amended resolution calls for a 13-member task force that would include seven members who have disabilities.

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Wesley Muller
Wesley Muller

Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the years since then, he has freelanced for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and worked on staff at the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. He also taught English as an adjunct instructor at Baton Rouge Community College. Much of his journalism has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and coverage of municipal and state government. He has received recognitions including McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association, among others. Muller is a New Orleans native, a Jesuit High School alumnus, a University of New Orleans alumnus and a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his two sons and his wife, who is also a journalist.

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