Interim deal reached in election lawsuit by blind voters

Elections

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan election officials have agreed to allow blind voters to use software to complete an absentee ballot in local elections Tuesday.

The deal filed in federal court Friday is a temporary fix in an ongoing lawsuit.

Blind voters will have an opportunity to request an absentee ballot typically reserved for military personnel or citizens who are out of the country. The ballots can be completed using electronic reader software, the Secretary of State office said.

The ballots still must be delivered to a local election clerk by Tuesday night. They can also be picked up or mailed. They’ll count if postmarked by Tuesday.

“I am confident we will continue our work to successfully identify and implement a long-term solution as well,” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said.

The lawsuit says Michigan is violating federal disabilities law by offering only traditional paper ballots to blind voters.

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