ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A judge has ruled on a federal lawsuit filed against the St. Louis City Board of Elections on behalf of voters with disabilities.

A U.S. District judge has issued a temporary restraining order clearing the way for the use of the touch-screen machines by the blind and others with disabilities.

Attorney John Ammann with the Saint Louis University School of Law, who represented two blind city residents in the federal suit, says this clears up an oversight created by earlier problems within the St. Louis Elections Board.

“In the Franks vs. Hubbard case, [they] would not allows them use touch-screen machines during the absentee period…because there wasn’t a ballot going into an envelope,” Ammann says.

He points out that many disabled voters like to cast absentee ballots, and the use of special machines with headphones allows them to do that without revealing their choice to an assistant.

Ammann says his clients will now be allowed to use special touch-screen machines to cast their ballots for the November election.

“Especially for our blind clients, there are talking voting machines where they can wear headsets and vote independently and privately. And that’s really what the case is about, [allowing] people with disabilities to vote the way everybody else does,” he says.

The touch screen voting process for disabled voters will be in place at the city Board of Elections office as of today.

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