Letter to the Editor

Voters misuse parking spaces for handicapped

Thursday, November 7, 2002

To the editor:

I have just returned from voting and, as every time I vote, I never cease to be amazed by the inevitability that some of our upstanding citizens choose to violate the law while fulfilling their civic duty.

I am talking about the number of cars without a a disabled hang tag or plate parked in disabled parking at polling places. People with disabilities are one of the most under-represented groups in our nation's elections due to the barriers created by a world constructed for able-bodied people. While great strides have been made to make our elections accessible to people with disability, some able-bodied citizens consider their personal comfort in parking close to the polls more important than the rights of people with disabilities to vote.

Those who interfere with another's right to vote have committed an act of oppression and have mocked democracy itself. I can think of no greater insult to America and all our nation has stood for throughout the generations.


Cape Girardeau