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Judge Says Blind Ohioans Do Not Have Full Access To Absentee Voting System

May 13, 2016

A federal district judge has ruled blind Ohio residents have been denied "meaningful access" to the absentee voting system, but implementing changes would fundamentally alter the entire system.

The judge says there is not enough time before the fall election to certify a new voting system. Disability Rights Ohio sued, alleging certain disabled residents are being denied an equal opportunity to independently and privately vote absentee by mail. They also claim Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's  website doesn't work with software that would improve the site's accessibility. Husted says county boards of election already offer special accommodations for blind voters.