Keep up with the latest developments and legal issues in the telecommunications and emerging technology sectors, with exclusive access to a comprehensive collection of telecommunications law news,...
Oct. 7 — A federal district court Oct. 7 decided not to order the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to modify the change-of-address functionality on its voter registration site for blind voters before the state's registration deadline ( Eason v. New York State Board of Elections, S.D.N.Y., No. 1:16-cv-04292, 10/7/16 ).
Blind voters may not be able to independently update their addresses online, but they still may do so by telephone, mail or in-person visit, Judge Katherine B. Forrest of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said in denying a request by the National Federation of the Blind.
The NFB alleged that the New York DMV's voter registration website isn't fully compatible with screen reader software and that blind and visually impaired voters can't update their voter information online without assistance. The NFB moved for an order requiring the DMV to fix its site by Oct. 10, in time for the Oct. 14 registration deadline (21 ECLR 40, 10/12/16).
The court said that blind voters have a right under the Americans With Disabilities Act to meaningful access to voting registration, but that “the record does not support a lack of meaningful access to ‘change-of-address' options generally.”
The court also declined to grant the NFB's bid on the grounds that the requested changes couldn't be accomplished by Oct. 10, as stated in declarations of the DMV's witnesses.
“It would be odd judicial practice indeed to order such extraordinary relief in the face of individuals with personal knowledge who say it cannot be done,” the court said.
To contact the reporter on this story: Alexis Kramer in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Keith Perine at email@example.com
Full text at http://src.bna.com/jf8.
Copyright © 2016 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)