“Ensuring that disabled individuals are afforded an opportunity to participate in voting that is equal to that afforded others helps ensure that those individuals are never relegated to a position of political powerlessness.” Judge Henry F. Floyd
Maryland must implement an online ballot-marking tool to enable blind residents to vote privately and independently, a federal appeals court ruled. The adoption of the tool is necessary for the state’s compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its 3-0 decision. The appellate court said the federal law’s requirement that disabled residents be reasonably accommodated trumps state election board procedures which stand in the way.