PatientVoting.com is a non-partisan effort to heighten awareness of patients' rights and increase voter turnout. We organize public information and provide free materials so more registered voters can cast their ballots.
By November 1st, all patients have this information available to them whether it is in the form of 1) receiving a packing on admission from the emergency department, 2) packets available on their inpatient floors, or 3) flyers with how to access the information are posted in patient areas. We hope to involve health care providers and residents in creating a more formal network for patient advocacy for the 2020 election.
Patients never want to hear they have to be admitted to the hospital.
That feeling is worsened when they realize they won't make it to the polls. Two years ago during the 2016 election, I had multiple patients express their disappointment that they would not be able to vote if they were hospitalized.
I didn't know then what I know now: hospitalized patients have the right and ability to vote.
Kelly Wong, emergency medicine resident
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