“Nursing Home Residents Struggle to Vote Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic.”
Nina Kohn, the David M. Levy Professor of Law and faculty director of online education in the College of Law, was quoted by TIME for the story “Nursing Home Residents Struggle to Vote Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic.” Kohn, an expert on the civil rights of older persons, says that those living in nursing home facilities have always faced difficulty voting, but the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the situation. Many states have laws that require nursing homes to help residents with voting or provide services that will, yet facilities often fail to do so and are rarely penalized. “When states create procedural barriers to voting, many people aren’t able to comply. And nursing home residents and long term care residents more broadly, are populations of people who are often not going to be able to clear those hurdles,” says Kohn.