[PACapitalChapter] Fwd: [NFBP-Talk] Deadline Approaching for Requesting a Mail-In Ballot for the Primary Election

Jason Polansky jaedpo96 at gmail.com
Mon May 25 14:07:45 UTC 2020

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> From: Joseph Drenth via NFBP-Talk <nfbp-talk at nfbnet.org>
> Date: May 24, 2020 at 7:57:37 PM EDT
> To: joseph drenth <joe.drenth at gmail.com>
> Cc: Joseph Drenth <joe.drenth at gmail.com>
> Subject: [NFBP-Talk] Deadline Approaching for Requesting a Mail-In Ballot for the Primary Election
> Reply-To: joe.drenth at gmail.com, "NFB of Pennsylvania Talk, state list" <nfbp-talk at nfbnet.org>
> From NFB of Pennsylvania President Lynn Heitz:
> On May 21, NFB-PA sued the Commonwealth in order to force it to make mail-in or absentee ballots accessible to blind voters.  Currently, such ballots only come in paper form and must be marked by hand—a clear violation of federal laws.  The COVID-19 crisis has escalated all of our concerns.  
> Our lawsuit has forced the Commonwealth to come to the negotiating table. Although the talks are ongoing, it is unclear whether we can get to a solution by the upcoming June 2 primary.  Just in case, however, we want to remind you that the deadline for applying for either a mail-in or absentee ballot is Tuesday, May 26 at 5 p.m. You can submit your online application for these ballots here.
> Blind voters should be able to vote by absentee or mail-in ballot privately and independently—just like everyone else.  We cannot promise that this will be possible but we wanted to alert you to the deadline.  We are working hard to ensure accessible voting in Pennsylvania.  We will keep you updated!
> Sincerely,
> Lynn Heitz
> Joseph Drenth
> First Vice-President, National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania
> Pennsylvania State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation
> Senior R&D Software Engineer, JBT Corporation, Automated Systems Division
> Cell: 215-827-7787
> Email: joe.drenth at gmail.com
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