Local Voting Accessibility
 
American Council of the Blind
Resolution 2013-21
 
Summary
 
This organization expresses its extreme displeasure that any state or local jurisdiction would even consider asking people with disabilities to relinquish their right to vote privately and independently. The officers, directors and staff of this organization are instructed to seek the assistance of all appropriate entities so as to create opportunities to end this discriminatory and pernicious practice
 
WHEREAS, in the state of New York, even though accessible machines are available since they have already been mandated by HAVA (Help America Vote Act) for use in federal elections, old, inaccessible lever machines are being used for local elections; and
 
WHEREAS, in a substantial majority of the jurisdictions, accessible voting systems are being used for elections regardless of whether such elections are federal, state or local; and
 
WHEREAS, repeated requests to make accessible machines available for local elections have resulted in no change;
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 10th day of July, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, that this organization express its extreme displeasure that any state or local jurisdiction would even consider asking people with disabilities to relinquish their right to vote privately and independently; and
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the officers, directors and staff of this organization are hereby instructed to seek the assistance of all appropriate entities so as to create opportunities to end this discriminatory and pernicious practice.
 
Adopted.
 
Marlaina Lieberg, Secretary