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Court Orders State to Offer Online Ballot- Marking Tool in General Election

Sowmya Nath,'s picture
December 22, 2014

Earlier this year, Ken Capone, public policy coordinator for People On The Go, testified on behalf of the National Federation for the Blind, the plaintiff in a case against the Maryland State Elections Board, regarding an online ballot-marking tool that would allow individuals with disabilities to independently and privately participate in absentee ballot voting in Maryland. Maryland's current absentee ballot program requires voters to mark ballots by hand, a requirement that is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On September 4, 2014, the judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, who requested that the court order the board to make the online ballot-marking tool available to them in the 2014 Maryland general election. Maryland's attorney general office has appealed the decision.