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The tactile ballot grame, a black plastic rectangle has a row of small holes on the left side and two larger holes near the middle of the top
Aug. 2016

Georgia Election Commission Pilots New Tactile Guides

On August 10, the Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC) conducted pilot testing for a new tactile ballot guide for the upcoming October elections. The CEC met with approximately 25 voters with visual disabilities to test a potential new guide ahead of the elections.

The tactile ballot guide, which is a unique design for use in Georgia, provides the opportunity for voters who are blind to vote independently and in secret. ...

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July 2016

Celebrating 26 Years of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA)

On July 26, 1990, the United States passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark law increasing access to basic rights for persons with disabilities in the country. The ADA’s passage was the result of decades of advocacy by citizens with disabilities, following other successful legal reforms such as Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, which established nondiscrimination of persons with disabilities in federally-funded programs as a right. ...

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July 2016

Libyan Electoral Sign Language Lexicon Facilitates Deaf Empowerment

For Deaf Libyans, language barriers are a profound challenge to full participation in political life. In Libyan elections – as in many elections worldwide – speeches, voting materials and other essential electoral information are not translated into sign language. This creates an alarming gap in access to information for Libyan Deaf communities, and opens a subsequent possibility for manipulation by others.

“It all started in 2012 when a cousin of ...

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