Resource: Drenth v. Boockvar

By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project

September 5, 2020

Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project

Joseph Drenth and National Federation of the Blind in Pennsylvania brought a civil rights case under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act asserting that Pennsylvania's election policies violated the rights of the blind by not providing accessible ballots for blind individuals to vote privately and independently from home. Due to COVID, their argument was that these policies (i.e., not providing accessible ballots) forced blind individuals to either forfeit their right to vote privately and independently or risk their health and safety by traveling to a polling place to vote in person. They moved for for a TRO/PI seeking to compel Pennsylvania to remedy this violation in time for the primary elections.