Blind Voters, Disability Rights Groups Sue Texas Over Inaccessible Mail-in Ballot System

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In a federal lawsuit filed in Austin, three voters, the National Federation of the Blind of Texas, and the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities argue that Texas’ mail-in ballot system discriminates against voters with disabilities and violates provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act of 1973 — both which prohibit discrimination based on disability.

The lawsuit seeks for Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs to overhaul the state’s mail-in ballot request system by establishing a remote and accessible one across counties for future elections. A spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office declined to comment Monday.

“Sadly, Texas is choosing to disenfranchise blind voters and violating the law,” Norma Crosby, the president of the National Federation of the Blind of Texas, said in a statement Friday. “Blind Texans will not tolerate being treated as second-class citizens.”

 

Read the full story on the Fort Worth Star Telegram