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Blind Voters Claim Discrimination By Indiana Officials

Dec 5, 2020
Justin Hicks/WVPE

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Blind voters argue in a federal lawsuit that Indiana officials are restricting their voting rights by not adopting methods that allow them to cast ballots from home without the assistance of others. The lawsuit filed this past week maintains that those who are blind or have low vision can't vote from home in private because they must rely on county election officials to visit them with paper ballots.

STEVE BURNS/WTIU

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court has suspended a decision that would allow groups to offer free or reduced price rides to polling places in Michigan. The court issued a stay to allow the Republican-controlled Legislature to appeal the ruling by a federal judge in Flint. Since 1895, Michigan has banned paying someone to transport a voter unless the voter can’t walk. It was aimed at preventing fraud or undue influence. But Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis said the state law conflicted with federal law. Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, declined to appeal.

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Hoosier voters will be able to go to court this fall to ask for polls to stay open longer if there are problems on Election Day.