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DOJ files voting access suit against Texas county

The Department of Justice sued the nation’s third-largest county August 4, contending that its polling stations are overwhelmingly inaccessible to voters with mobility and visual disabilities. “Like all voters, individuals with disabilities deserve the opportunity to vote at their local…
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Judge: Ohio voting system violates the ADA

A federal court ruled May 11 that the state of Ohio’s absentee ballot system discriminates against people with visual disabilities, but that it does not have to reform its system before the upcoming presidential election. In Ohio, people with visual…
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Court: Maryland must implement online ballot marking tool

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled unanimously February 9 [PDF] to uphold a lower court ruling, directing the state of Maryland to ensure its system for voting via absentee ballot is accessible to people with visual…
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Ohio sued over inaccessible voting services

The state of Ohio is violating federal law by failing to make its voting services accessible to people with visual disabilities, according to a new lawsuit filed December 7 by Disability Rights Ohio and Brown, Goldstein, & Levy, LLP,…
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California bill provides new protections for voters with disabilities

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law October 10, which aims to ensure voters with intellectual disabilities are not illegally disqualified from voting. Currently under state law, people under guardianship, known as conservatorships in California, are denied their…
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Disability Vote

Rooted in Rights new original video, Disability Vote, informs voters with disabilities of their rights, and encourages people with disabilities to vote. On this page you'll find links and resources for voters with disabilities, and state-specific voting information in the partnering states. It's time for people with disabilities to be fully included in the democratic process, and we need your help to disseminate the message. Please share this new video.
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Lawsuit challenges L.A.’s procedures for court-appointed attorneys

The Spectrum Institute’s Disability and Guardianship Project filed a class-action complaint [PDF] with the Department of Justice on June 26, accusing the Los Angeles Superior Court of discriminating against people with disabilities by denying them effective assistance of counsel. “The…
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DOJ investigating California voting system

The Department of Justice confirmed May 15 (PDF format), in a letter to the Judicial Council of California, that it is investigating the nation’s most populous state for violating federal voting and discrimination laws in regard to people with…
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Settlement reached in California voting case

Alameda County will take new steps to ensure voters who are blind or visually impaired are able to vote in upcoming elections, according to a new settlement (PDF format) filed in federal court on May 22. “The right to cast…