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Appeals Court Allows To Proceed Lawsuit Claiming Blind Ohioans Lack Full Access To Absentee Voting

Nov 14, 2017

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati  has revived a lawsuit alleging blind Ohioans have been denied "meaningful access" to the absentee voting system.

Disability Rights Ohio sued Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted in 2015, claiming blind residents and those with certain disabilities are being denied an equal opportunity to independently and privately vote absentee by mail. Husted contended county boards of election already offer special accommodations. A federal judge sided with Husted last year, saying changes to accommodate the blind would fundamentally alter the entire system. The appeals court has allowed the lawsuit to proceed.