Home Health Agencies to Bring the Polls to Homebound Individuals This Election Season

People unable to leave their homes will still get to the polls this year, thanks to a new initiative called Bring the Vote Home.

The program is coordinated by the Council for State Home Care Associations, Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare and other home health community members who intend to encourage the nearly 12 million people who receive home healthcare services to participate in voter and absentee ballot registration.

"We are launching Bring the Vote Home to give patients who would otherwise not have the resources or ability to vote a voice in this year's election. We hope to enlist millions of new voters from the home healthcare community and raise awareness of the issues impacting our patients," said Marcia Tetterton, chair of the Council for State Home Health Associations.

The program’s Web site includes state-specific information and instructions for voter and absentee ballot registration. In addition, home healthcare workers will assist patients and their families with the registration process and provide information on how to obtain materials.

"For the millions of Americans who may have been forced to sit out the last election because of issues related to their health and mobility, we're pleased to be able to offer information and options,” said Tetterton. “Everyone who has a stake in healthcare should have a vote."