- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Blind voters in Alameda County could have an easier time voting in private after settling a lawsuit that allows them to cast push-button secret ballots.

Five blind voters sued the county in 2013 saying that voting machine breakdowns at four polling places in 2012 forced them to cast a ballot in the presence of another person. The San Francisco Chronicle reported (https://bit.ly/1KAlCf3) the settlement announced by disability advocates on Wednesday.

The agreement, approved by county supervisors earlier this month, calls for pre-election testing of each machine, training of poll workers, and a hotline to quickly fix broken equipment.

The settlement also includes $5,000 for each of the five plaintiffs, $70,000 to a disability advocacy group to monitor the county’s performance for three years, and $425,000 for attorneys’ fees and costs.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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