For the past year, I have lived in the Philippines on the Southern coast of Luzon Island. This article is to reflect on this travel as a lawyer, disabled person, and American citizen, and what I will do when I get home.
Disability and Democracy articles on Democracy Chronicles
These articles on Disability and Democracy concern the extra barriers that many voters with disabilities face while trying to exercise their most basic rights and the many people working to find solutions. Also see our main section on American Democracy and our articles on Voter Suppression or Voter Access.
Disability community is one of the largest groups of voters in the United States. In 2016, 16 million people with disabilities participated in the election.
Texas Republican State Senator Bryan Hughes’ bill on “election integrity” is a clear attack on voting rights, get out the vote efforts.
For the next version of the federal voting system guidelines, the Election Assistance Commission is asking for comments from the public until May 29.
Civil rights groups prevailed in their lawsuit against Sec. of State Alex Padilla to expand voter registration opportunities to the physically challenged.
Blind Coloradans say the state’s move to all-mail ballots six years ago left them behind. They’re pushing for a bill to change that.
Fighting a court is like trying to grab a snake covered in oil. They have more power than you do, often are poisonous, and are unaccountable when they libel you and strip you of your rights. It seems they bite you with dishonesty.
Students of the ProAct Play House did their research and wrote a play titled “Get Me To The Polls On Time” which uses humor to motivate disabled voters.
Websites for the New York state Board of Elections and the Department of Motor Vehicles must become accessible to blind voters by the end of the year.
Usability testing is key if ballot marking devices are to be accessible, an idea of universal design which had been part of work on voting system standards.