Fla. Lawmakers Pass Voting Plan
Mar. 23, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Lawmakers approved legislation Friday that would improve disabled access to polling places and upgrade equipment so they could vote without assistance.
Gov. Jeb Bush has indicated he supports the idea but hasn't committed to signing the bill in which the measure is included.
It was sought by a broad coalition of disabled people, who threatened to sue Florida for discrimination if the problem wasn't addressed.
A special panel had recommended that counties upgrade voting equipment and polling places to better accommodate the disabled, and Secretary of State Katherine Harris had advocated the changes.
The measure relies on federal money to pay for the needed changes, such as buying touchscreen equipment that has audio capability that blind people can use.
The changes aren't required until 2004.