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What kind of a message are we sending our fellow-citizens with disabilities if we retain such language in our State’s Constitution?
American Bar Association Recommendation: In 2007, the American Bar Association, made the following recommendation [Symposium: Facilitating Voting as People Age: Implications of Cognitive Impairment.] State Constitutions and statutes that permit exclusion of a person from voting on the basis of mental incapacity, including guardianship and election laws, should explicitly state that the right to vote is retained, except by court order where the following criteria must be met: (1) The exclusion is based on a determination by a court of competent jurisdiction; (2) Appropriate due process protections have been afforded; (3) The court finds that the person cannot communicate, with or without accommodations, a specific desire to participate in the voting process; and (4) The findings are established by clear and convincing evidence.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law National Alliance on Mental Illness Voting Rights National Disability Rights Network-Help America Vote Act State Laws Affecting the Voting Rights of People with Mental Disabilities “The Right to Political Participation of Persons with Mental Health Problems and Persons with Intellectual Disabilities”, European Union on Fundamental Human Rights (2010) “Vote, It’s Your Right: A Guide to the Voting Rights of People with Mental Disabilities”, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law & The National Disability Rights Network (2008) Your Vote Your Voice, a website sponsored by the Minnesota League of Women Voters, traces the history of voting rights for specific minority populations, including people with disabilities; addresses current voting rights issues and barriers that still exist; and features video clips of Judge Donovan Frank and Professor Elizabeth Schiltz, highlighting the ADA and constitutional issues regarding voting rights.
Research Specialist, National Council on Disability. (The views expressed in this article do not purport to represent the views of the National Council on Disability.) Introduction The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) aims to strike a fair balance between the rights of people with disabilities and the legitimate concerns of the business community and other entities covered by the legislation.
(Added 6-2-16) Eyes Barriers to Court Access for New Yorkers with Disabilities Courtroom accessibility was the subject of a hearing of the New York City Council on June 23,2016.
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) investigated 10 of the city’s courts and found widespread problems including inaccurate and/or poorly placed signage, and separate entrances with barriers at most “purportedly accessible entrances. From Portland Press Herald, June 11, 2016 New voting machines will help Mainers with disabilities Maine has implemented an Express Vote system that is designed to make voting easier by providing audio and visual cues, while eliminating the delays of the previous system.
American Bar Association Symposium on Facilitating Voting as People Age: Implications of Cognitive Impairment Recommendations, 2007 American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights Judge David L. ADA is the most comprehensive federal civil-rights statute protecting people with disabilities.It affects access to employment (Title I); access to state and local government programs and services, and to places of public accommodation such as businesses, transportation, and non-profit service providers (Titles II and III); and telecommunications (Title IV).The Secretary of State noted the system allows people to vote without assistance, protecting their right of a private ballot. 1959) (The ruling of the Court has since been overturned, it is cited only with respect to affirming the state’s right to establish voting standards.) Tennessee v.
The new system is not connected to the internet, quashing concerns of hackers or voter privacy. Hurdles to accessibility include: steep wheelchair ramps, narrow entranceways, inoperative doorbells and heavy doors.