Fair Access to the Ballot

In 2020, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee filed suit on behalf of a coalition of disability organizations and individual voters against the Commonwealth of Virginia for excluding Virginians with disabilities from absentee voting. Without this case, voters with disabilities would have been forced to either vote absentee with assistance, revealing their choices to another person and hoping that person correctly records their vote, or risk COVID-19 infection by traveling to the polls to vote in person. In response to our suit, Virginia agreed to provide more ballot options that are accessible to voters with print disabilities in time for the November election, and, in April 2021, the Commonwealth of Virginia agreed to make its elections accessible and safe for voters with print disabilities permanently.

Read more: Virginia Agrees to Provide Accessible Absentee Voting Option for Voters with Print Disabilities

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