Advocacy Group Sues Elections Chief Over Ballot Access For Blind People

Dec 7, 2015

Several blind voters and an advocacy group for the blind are suing  Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted over the accessibility of paper absentee ballots in the swing state.  

The lawsuit claims blind people and those with certain disabilities are being denied an equal opportunity to independently and privately vote absentee by mail, violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Currently, another person must read and mark their paper absentee ballots for them.  Three Ohio voters and the National Federation of the Blind filed the lawsuit.   The plaintiffs also claim Husted's  website does not work with software that would allow them to access the site and its forms.