Tuesday, September 9, 2014
"Ballots for Bullets? Disabled Veterans and the Right to Vote"
The title of this post comes from the recent paper by Rabia Belt, the abstract of which states:
Over 100,000 veterans lived in a government-funded home after the Civil War. Despite sacrificing their bodies for the preservation of the nation, these veterans lost the right to vote. This disfranchisement challenges the conventional wisdom that disabled veterans occupied a privileged position in society, politics, and law. Instead, their disability status trumped their military history, and they became part of a set of dependent, disabled people rendered placeless and vote-less by state law.