Court again rejects disabled challenge to voting machines

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A federal court has, for the second time, dismissed a decade-old challenge to Florida’s voting machines that had alleged they aren’t user-friendly enough for the disabled and violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, reports the News Service of Florida. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit last week issued a new opinion in the case, Association of People with Disabilities v. Harris, saying that the state’s voting machines aren’t subject to the authority of the ADA because they’re not permanent structures. The case had been brought back in 2001 and wound its way through the federal courts. The court had dismissed last year on grounds that the plaintiffs lacked standing under the ADA, but after a request for rehearing the court vacated that first dismissal and dismissed on the new grounds last week.

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