Doctors believe a hospital bed shouldn’t be a barrier to voting. And they’re doing something about it.

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By Caitlin Fichtel

In 2016, Dr. Kelly Wong’s patients expressed frustration about being stuck in the hospital on Election Day, unable to cast their ballots. Wong decided she wanted to find a way to change that.

“I didn’t know patients could vote — and what I’m learning is that many health care providers also don’t know that there are processes in place to help patients vote,” Wong told NBC News.

After doing some research, Wong, an emergency medicine resident at the Brown Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island, along with other hospitals, launched patientvoting.com, a website where patients can go to find out the options available to them.

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