Guide explains new laws for voters with disabilities – Jacksonville Journal-Courier

An online guide is available to explain new laws for voters with disabilities. 
An online guide is available to explain new laws for voters with disabilities. 
The guide looks at ways to vote and includes information about rights those with disabilities have when it comes to elections. It also details laws that have expanded vote-by-mail options for those who are blind or have low vision, have physical dexterity limitations, or have learning or cognitive disabilities.
Beginning in November, those with these types of disabilities will be able to request an electronic vote-by-mail ballot.
“Thirty-two years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act finally prohibited discrimination against people with disabilities under the law, and it was a hard-won victory for activists who demanded equality and opportunity for people with disabilities,”  Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said. “People with disabilities are entitled to fair and equal opportunities in all aspects of their lives, including voting. This new guide will help to inform voters with disabilities of their rights and offer practical information on the options they have for accessing their ballots.”
The attorney general’s Disability Rights Bureau is responsible for investigating complaints related to non-compliance with state and federal laws, including the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Environmental Barriers Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Samantha McDaniel-Ogletree has been a reporter for the Journal-Courier since May 2014. She joined the staff after graduating from Eastern Illinois University. The Cahokia native worked with her school newspaper in various editor roles.


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