Majority Turnout Among Core Members


Here are some Election Night facts you didn’t get on CNN:

  • Among core members of L’Arche Boston North, turnout was 53 percent.
  • Nazorean and Peace House had the highest turnouts, each sending three of four core members to the polls.
  • Of the nine core members who voted, seven were women and two men.

You can analyze these results but the message is clear. The majority of those with intellectual disabilities in our community had little trouble formulating or expressing their opinions about national and regional politics.

In a couple of cases, they needed help reading their ballots, and the four questions facing Massachusetts voters were explained to some with consideration and objectivity.

But in the end, our core members turned out and the winner was democracy. And we have photographic evidence. The photo at the top shows Woody accompanying his wife, Doris, to their polling place at the John Greenleaf Whittier School. (Thanks to Sara for both the ride and the photo.)

Inside, Woody went over his ballot carefully:


From Assisi House, Michael drove Deb to a polling place in Bradford:


Inside Deb signed in before taking her ballot into the booth:


Katie expressed the pride of all nine core members who participated in our political process, showing off a sticker that says she voted. (Thanks to Emma for this pic.)