Arizona Center For Disability Law Sues Cochise County Over Curbside Voting Ban

Published: Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 5:52pm

An Arizona public interest law firm is suing Cochise County, alleging its policies are in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In certain jurisdictions, curbside voting allows people to remain in their car while casting their ballots. Poll workers bring voting equipment to them so they can fill out and submit their ballot in person on election day.

But Cochise County has a ban on curbside voting.

Sey In is a staff attorney at the Arizona Center For Disability Law and represents a client with multiple disabilities impacting her ability to walk.

In says the client was denied a request to vote curbside in Cochise County in 2018, violating her rights under the ADA providing for a reasonable modification.

“Voting on election day in person is an important right," In said, "and people with disabilities should be given all the same voting options as non-disabled people.”

ACDL filed the lawsuit in federal court in Arizona, seeking a preliminary injunction against the policy.

An attorney for Cochise County declined to comment on the pending litigation.

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