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EAC Commissioners Issue Joint Statement Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the ADA

EAC Statement

PRESS RELEASE
July 27, 2020

 

Silver Spring, MD – On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to protect the civil rights of people with disabilities. This legislation established a comprehensive national law to ensure people with disabilities have equal rights and opportunities throughout all aspects of their lives. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the ADA, EAC Chairman Ben Hovland, Vice Chair Don Palmer, Commissioner Tom Hicks, and Commissioner Christy McCormick issued the following joint statement:

With the passing of the ADA, Americans with disabilities finally gained civil rights protections to reduce barriers across all aspects of life, including the barriers to casting a private and independent ballot. With the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) celebrates the landmark legislation that gave equal access to the ballot box for all voters, and we recommit our efforts to promote full compliance according to both the ADA and the Help American Vote Act (HAVA) in order to have fully accessible elections. There is still much to be done.

COVID-19 has created additional barriers for voters with disabilities during the 2020 primaries and the general election. Election officials have responded to the pandemic by expanding mail or absentee voting options and adjusting in-person voting location protocols. These changes have led to significant concerns about the rights of voters with disabilities to mark their ballot privately and independently. The anniversary of the ADA not only serves as a reminder that these rights and protections must be preserved, but also that we must do more. As November draws near, we look forward to continuing to work with election officials across the country to reduce the challenges faced by voters with disabilities. We must work together to ensure that elections are safe, secure, and accessible for all voters.

For more information about the EAC’s efforts to assist voters with disabilities and the election officials who serve them, please visit the following links:

 

  • WWW.EAC.GOV – Visit the EAC’s Voting Accessibility page for resources and tools designed to serve voters with disabilities and the election officials who serve them.

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The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). It is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with ensuring secure, accurate and accessible elections by developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as administers the use of HAVA funds. For more information, visit www.eac.gov 

 

Contact: Kristen Muthig
Phone: 202-897-9285
Email: 
kmuthig@eac.gov