Lawsuit Brings Equity to Blind Voters Registering to Vote in NY

Settlement Is Most Comprehensive Ever to Make Voter Registration and Election Information Accessible to Millions of Blind Voters

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Blind voters in New York will now have full and equal access to websites operated by the State Board of Elections (BOE) and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). In a settlement just signed by the court, the BOE and DMV have agreed to ensure fully accessible websites by the end of 2019, which will allow for private and independent voter registration. The agreement resolves a lawsuit brought in 2016 by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the Center for the Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY), and two individual blind plaintiffs, Eva Eason and Meghan Parker. The plaintiffs were represented by Dan Goldstein and Jessie Weber of Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP, the American Civil Liberties Union Disability Rights Program, and Disability Rights Advocates.

A press release is available here

and the settlement agreement here.