Disabled Americans Vote Too


For most of my life I am what one would call a political junkie. Those years I spent as print reporter for a small town daily newspaper, I was most enthused when covering an election or other political doings.

Since 2001, I have been permanently 100% disabled, according to my doctors and the Social Security Administration. But my various disabilities in no quenched my passion for body politic.

Naturally it was with great interest that I ran across this new study from Pew Research: A Political Profile of Disabled Americans. The study revealed that 22% of Americans claim some type of disability. That is nearly 1/4 of us.

As you can see from this chart, disabled Americans do pay attention to politics:


In fact compared to the rest of the population, we tend to have a greater interest in politics.

When it comes to actual casting a ballot day, however, the gap closes between the disabled and well-bodied, firm-minded American voters.


In fact, the disabled are less likely to turn out to the polls. Those who do vote, mostly do so by absentee ballot, rather than in person.

Fortunately for me, my polling station is right across the street.

This hectic, topsy-turvy election season, the political leanings of the disabled tend to mirror those of the well-bodied voters:


From the Cornfield, as long as I am physically and mentally able,you can count on me to continue my love of politics and share my views.

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I am Mark Ivy, a born and bred Hoosier.
I am father to two wonderful sons, Dave and Kev, of whom I am very proud;
two terrific daughters-in-law, Anna and Hailey; three beautiful granddaughters, Dylan, Alaina and Amelia.

On May 9, 2017, my lung specialist hit me with the news I had maybe six months to live if the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the damage caused by the histoplasmosis described below, ran its normal course. I am now on hospice at home. Content and ready to cross over the river to the other side.

On September 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection, discovered by a biopsy of my larynx.
The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years I lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed
with a non-specific bacterial infection which left my right lung a “dried up sponge” and non-functioning.
I was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals.
The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years.

I suffer from chronic Horton’s Syndrome. The effects vary widely causing various problems.
Statistically, Horton’s affects only 0.1% of the population. Major depression also attacks me regularly.

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