[Nfbc-info] Governor Brown signs bill to protect the rights of blind voters

Mary Willows mwillows at sbcglobal.net
Thu Aug 11 23:53:28 UTC 2016

Thanks, Brian.  I am trying to get someone from the Elections Registration
Office to sign up blind people who may have thought that they cannot vote to
register people at the convention.


The National Federation of the blind knows that blindness is not the
characteristic that defines you or your future.  Every day we raise the
expectations of blind people because low expectations create obstacles
between blind people and our dreams. 
You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

National Federation of the Blind of California (NFBC)
3934 Kern Court
Pleasanton, CA 94588

Thank you,
Mary Willows, President NFBC
mwillows at sbcglobal.net 

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Subject: [Nfbc-info] Governor Brown signs bill to protect the rights of
blind voters

	Hello.  I saw the following article in the San Jose Mercury News
this morning.  I thought folks would find it interesting.

   Inspired by San Mateo suit, Gov. Brown signs bill to protect rights of

      Bay City News Service
      Posted:   07/24/2016 11:19:01 AM PDT
      Updated:   07/24/2016 11:19:01 AM PDT

      A new California law aimed at protecting the voting rights of the
      was inspired by a lawsuit against San Mateo County, according to the
      office of State Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco.

      Assembly Bill 2252, which was authored by Ting and signed by Gov.
      Brown, would allow voters with disabilities to vote with the same
      convenience that military and overseas voters have by receiving their
      vote by mail ballots through email, according to Ting's office.

      The California Council of the Blind filed the lawsuit in December when
      San Mateo County held its first all vote by mail election. The
      plaintiff in the case said that vote by mail systems pose an obstacle
      to some to vote confidentially.

      The bill would make it easier for disabled voters to vote because
      disabled voters can get electronic ballots that can be marked and sent
      in to be counted with other ballots, Ting's offices said.

      "California has led the way for technology to permeate our daily lives
      and its time to harness this power to ensure that everyone who wants
      cast a vote may do so," Ting said in a statement.

      Copyright 2016 by Bay City News, Inc.

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