Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, many states are rightly expanding opportunities to vote by mail. For many voters with disabilities, voting by mail is preferable to voting in person because it allows them to avoid the challenges of getting to the polls, waiting in line, and facing physical barriers at the polling place. Indeed, for people whose disabilities make them more susceptible to COVID-19, voting by mail may be the only feasible option. However, for other voters, particularly those with “print disabilities,” an all-mail voting system can present significant barriers.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) outline recommendations for how states can make voting by mail more accessible in pursuit of the goal that voters with disabilities can vote on a fair and equal basis.