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John Smith, director of government relations and advocacy at Shepherd Center, explains how to prepare before heading to the polls.

New Podcast Discusses Rights for Voters with Disabilities on Election Day

With the 2020 general election just days away, Shepherd Center Radio is discussing the ways all voters – including those who have disabilities – can prepare to cast their vote on or before November 3.

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John Smith, director of government relations and advocacy at Shepherd Center, explains what rights voters with disabilities should be aware of before heading to the polls. The new podcast also discusses voting during the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing to wait in potentially long lines.

John received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance degree from Georgia State University. Prior to his role at Shepherd Center, John served as the director of government relations in the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice and served as a senior staffer for a statewide elected official. In this most recent role, he was responsible for promoting and successfully executing the department’s legislative agenda, securing annual appropriations and managing key relationships throughout the state government.

For more information about federal laws that protect the rights of voters with disabilities, please see this online publication from the U.S. Justice Department.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.