HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Pennsylvania to make accessible write-in ballots available for disabled people who request them by 8 p.m. on Friday, granting a request by a blind voter who does not want to vote in person during the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. District Judge Jennifer Wilson issued a temporary restraining order on Wednesday that requires the accessible write-in ballots for those who have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The plaintiffs are Joseph Drenth, a suburban Philadelphia resident, and the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania.
To be eligible, disabled voters must have applied for an absentee or mail-in ballot by the Tuesday deadline and they may not have turned in a voted ballot.
To obtain an accessible write-in ballot, voters must email email@example.com by 8 p.m. Friday, and include their full name, date of birth and the address where they are registered.
They will be sent a declaration form that must be filled out and authenticated with a Pennsylvania driver’s license, a valid state ID number or the last four digits of their Social Security number.
They will then be able to vote at home using screen reader software. Ballots are due in county elections offices by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, the day of the primary.