State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today released the following statement about the federal voting lawsuit filed yesterday against Secretary of State Jon Husted. The suit alleges failure of the secretary’s voting website to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as failure to work with the disabled community to achieve voting equality:

“I am disappointed that the only way to make voting easy for those voters who have difficulties in Ohio is in the courthouse. Whether it’s poor voters, minority voters, student voters, or disabled voters, there is a pattern in Ohio of ignoring the voting needs of all but the most advantaged among us. Thankfully, these voters with disabilities and their advocates are standing up for their voting rights. All Ohioans should be able to exercise their fundamental rights with privacy and dignity.”

The suit was brought by several blind voters along with Disability Rights Ohio and the National Federation for the Blind. Rep. Clyde last year sent Secretary Husted a letter and a Make Voting Easier checklist urging him to restore voting videos for deaf voters to his website after they were removed. Information from the Department of Justice about the ADA’s voting rights’ protections can be found here.

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