MISSION STATEMENT: Help the citizens of Harris County,
Texas, who are living in long term care facilities, to cast a ballot in November 2008, and subsequent general elections.
there are approximately 9000 citizens that are residents in Long Term Care facilities (nursing homes, group homes and assisted
living facilities). As our population ages, this number will continue to rise.
Approximately 25% of all Long Term Care facilities
in the State of Texas are located in and around Houston.
Experience during the 2004 and 2006 general elections,
showed that there are no consistent policies or procedures for the resident, family or facility, to handle election ballots
for this population.
1. Identify the
special needs of this population regarding registering to vote and casting a ballot.
2. Educate the
residents, the facility staff, family members or responsible parties, and election officials regarding these special needs.
3. Provide a
“Suggested Best Practices” document that defines a method for assisting this population to register and cast their
the word” through various not-for-profit organizations such as the United Way, League of Women Voters, AARP and others
that serve the senior community.
The residents of a Long Term Care facility have very
little control over their daily lives. They depend on the facility staff, family
members, government agencies and community organizations to help them.
The Project Team is being organized through the Long
Term Care Ombudsman organization. This is a group of staff and volunteers that
advocate for residents in Long Term Care facilities.
To develop a meaningful and workable solution, the
Project Team should include individuals who can express the views of the facility staff, family members, government agencies
and community agencies. The team should include, but not be restricted to, representatives
1. Long Term
Care Ombudsman Program
2. Harris County Tax Office
Voter Registration Office
3. Harris County Clerk Elections
4. Long Term
Care Facility staff
5. Long Term
Care Family Council
6. League of
Women Voters, United Way, and other not-for-profit
7. State Regulatory