Department of Motor Vehicles and NYC Board of Elections will Improve Voting Accessibility

February 2019 - In 2016, two voters with vision loss filed a lawsuit arguing that the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website, and the New York Board of Elections website (NY), were both incompatible with screen-reader software. The assistive devices were unable to read several pdf and “fillable” forms on the sites. As a result, these voters were forced to have these forms printed and have sighted assistance in order to fill them out. The court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and found that this was a violation of privacy. As a result of Eason et al. v. New York State Board of Elections (1:16-cv-4292), the DMV and the NY state Board of Elections are required to make their websites compatible with screen-reader software by the end of 2019 They must also ensure that online voter registration documents comply with the ADA’s web content accessibility guidelines. [Source: NextGov]

Date of Publication: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019


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