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Do electronic voting machines have to be accessible to someone with a vision related disability?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires public entities (state or local government entities) to ensure that individuals with disabilities have an equally effective opportunity to vote and participate in the voting process. This includes ensuring equally effective communication and reasonable modification of policies and practices. Public officials must also maintain accessible voting equipment and ensure election officials are trained on the use of the equipment. The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requires all jurisdictions conducting a federal election to have at least one accessible voting system. This includes access for those who are blind or have low vision. These systems must offer the same opportunity for access, participation, privacy, and independence as that offered to others.

If you have more questions about this or if you need to know more about something else under the ADA, please contact the Northeast ADA Center at 800-949-4232, by email at northeastada@cornell.edu, or by submitting a question through our website.

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