ACLU & Disability Advocates Bring Suit Over Voter Registration Forms

In Politico NY, Bill Mahoney reports  that “the American Civil Liberties Union and several disability advocates filed suit against two state agencies on Thursday, accusing them of failing to provide equal opportunities for blind individuals who wish to register to vote.
State law requires that registration forms be signed, which has traditionally meant that hopeful voters have needed to mail or physically deliver their forms to boards of elections. The state board’s website has a form that can be filled out on a computer, but it needs to be printed in order to be submitted.
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In 2012, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to let people register without a postage stamp. Since the DMV already has most residents’ signatures on file, New Yorkers who conduct business with the agency can fill out a form on its website and have their signature automatically added before the form is delivered electronically to the board.”

 

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