Individuals and Disability Organizations Filed a Lawsuit on July 28, 2020 in Federal Court regarding equal access to absentee voting for blind persons and other residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia who have print disabilities.

 

Portion of July 28, 2020 Press Release from the American Council of the Blind: “Alexandria, VA – On the heels of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 35th anniversary of the Virginians with Disability Act, a coalition of disability organizations and individual voters sued the Commonwealth of Virginia for excluding Virginians with disabilities from absentee voting in November. The Commonwealth’s current absentee voting discriminates against voters who cannot mark a paper ballot due to print disabilities, including blindness. Instead of voting absentee like other Virginia citizens, these voters must reveal their choices to another person and hope that person correctly records their absentee vote or risk COVID-19 infection by travelling to the polls to vote in person. Because some are immunocompromised and at greater risk from the COVID-19 virus, this is an untenable choice.”

Link to full press release: https://acb.org/VA-inaccessible-voting