Here’s a very unhappy looking King Richard III contemplating the murder of his nephews and possible rivals for the throne, or perhaps the latest headlines. While the latest cases on accessibility law don’t usually look like light reading, right now they are a cheery diversion from the rest of world events. Here we go:
People First of Alabama v. Merrill, 2020 WL 3207824 (N.D. Ala. June 15, 2020) deserves its own blog, but illustrates how the reach of the ADA is sufficient to touch every aspect of public life. In People First the plaintiffs were elderly and disabled, suffering as a result from an enhanced risk of significant illness or death from Covid-19. They claimed that Alabama’s restrictive absentee voting laws violated Title II of the ADA by depriving them of access to voting, which is for ADA purposes a state program for which the ADA requires equality of access. The Court agreed in most respects and entered a preliminary injunction requiring the state to make absentee voting easier in several respects. The case is on appeal, so the outcome remains uncertain, but it illustrates how the provisions of Title II of the ADA can affect every state and local government program, including those usually thought of as purely political.