PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily News - October 26, 2020 


Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court moves toward a final vote; judicial appointments issue looms in the election; and five COVID-19 infections confirmed within VP Mike Pence's inner circle.


2020Talks - October 26, 2020 


Youth voter turnout has been high in early voting. And presidential candidates court swing-state voters in the last days until November 3.

Victory for New Yorkers with Disabilities

Improved website access will allow people with vision disabilities to register to vote and update information online. (janeb13/Pixabay)
Improved website access will allow people with vision disabilities to register to vote and update information online. (janeb13/Pixabay)
February 25, 2019

Correction: CIDNY provided evidence in a successful legal action to make polling sites accessible, they did not bring the lawsuit. (7 am MST, 2/25/2019)

NEW YORK -- New Yorkers with vision disabilities soon will be able to navigate state Board of Elections and Department of Motor Vehicles websites.

Almost 400,000 voters across the state have visual disabilities. But because of outdated website designs, they've been unable to do simple things such as updating an address, changing to a married name or registering to vote. Under the terms of a legal settlement reached last week, those agencies must now start making their websites accessible to those who are blind or visually impaired.

Susan Dooha, executive director at the Center for Independence of the Disabled New York, or CIDNY, said the sites violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"By not allowing people to handle their voting information - which includes confidential information - privately and independently, the Board of Elections has been discouraging people from voting," Dooha said.

The agencies have until the end of 2019 to bring their websites into full compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Earlier this year, New York state passed significant election law reforms, including early voting and consolidation of primary days. Dooha said the agreement to improve access to the Board of Election website represents a parallel track.

"Good government groups have always wanted to make things easier for voters," she said. "And we have joined together to support measures that will bring more people to the polls."

CIDNY also provided evidence in a successful legal action to ensure that polling places are accessible to people with mobility disabilities.

Much still needs to be done. Dooha noted most of the New York City subway system remains inaccessible to people with disabilities. And CIDNY has brought a lawsuit seeking to improve conditions for those who navigate hazards on the street.

"We are hoping that we will achieve a settlement agreement that will require New York City to not only bring its streets and curb cuts into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but also that they'll maintain the accessibility," Dooha said.

The lawsuit against the State Board of Elections was filed by CIDNY in conjunction with the National Federation For the Blind and two individual plaintiffs.

Andrea Sears, Public News Service - NY