Quick Read: Online Voter Registration Draws Critics Over Accessibility
The state’s new online voter registration is not accessible to people with visual and reading impairments — and that lack of accessibility is in violation of federal law. Advocacy groups had been in touch with the secretary of state’s office in late August, offering to test the accessibility of the system, but that didn’t happen.
On Tuesday, which was National Voter Registration Day, a coalition of groups that advocate for people with disabilities sent a letter to Secretary of State Debra Bowen saying that the new system doesn’t work for people with various disabilities.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferisView all posts by Lisa Aliferis →