Disability Rights New York (2021)

Plaintiffs and Defendants resolved the lawsuit on April 5, 2022, after negotiating terms for a year and a half. The New York State Board of Elections (NYS BOE) agreed to implement a state-wide uniform Remote Accessible Vote by Mail (RAVBM) absentee ballot system that allows voters with print disabilities the ability to request, receive, and mark an absentee ballot in an accessible way. NYS BOE will implement an RAVBM system that is HTML-based and managed by a third-party vendor. The system will meet all accessibility standards required under the settlement agreement. Defendants agreed to pay Plaintiffs’ attorney’s fees and costs of $400,000. DRNY received $161,474.52 of the award. 

DRNY and co-counsel issued a press release of the settlement agreement: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qnqjob6n6l9f2iw/2022.04.05%20Hernandez%20v.%20NYSBOE%20Settlement%20Press%20Release-joint-final%20%28002%29.pdf?dl=0 

The press release contains links to the settlement agreement and the approved court order.

Click here to see the original grant, including the six-month and year-end reports.