From Our Friends at The ARC of TEXAS, for more info, please click on this link to the “Disability Dispatch” 
Manager of Public Policy & Advocacy Alex Cogan provides in-person testimony on Saturday, July 10, opposing Texas Senate Bill 1, which would make it more difficult for Texans with disabilities to participate in the democratic process.
Special session brings renewed efforts to restrict voting accessibility for Texans with disabilities
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Governor Greg Abbott announced on July 7 his priorities for the Texas special legislative session that began on July 8. Items such as bail reform and election integrity made the list.
Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) and House Bill 3 (HB 3) both dealing with voting, were quickly introduced on Day One of the special session, and hearings called for just two days later on Saturday, July 10. While the House accepted online comments for its bill, the Senate required in-person testimony only. Unfortunately, this left many people with disabilities and their allies little time to coordinate and make the trek to Austin.
The Arc of Texas Manager of Public Policy & Advocacy Alex Cogan waited along with hundreds of other Texans at the Texas Capitol to provide in-person testimony opposing the harmful provisions within SB 1. You can watch her testimony in the video above, and find the video, audio recording, and transcript on our website.
The Arc of Texas also submitted printed testimony to committees for Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 3.
Thank you to the many advocates who are working tirelessly to connect with their legislators to educate them about the ways in which SB 1 and HB 3 would affect their civil rights. If you would like to share your story about voting accessibility or accommodations, please contact us.
Share your voting experience by July 16 to help improve access for voters with disabilities
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) wants information about barriers to private and independent voting for people with disabilities. NIST, in consultation with the Department of Justice, the Election Assistance Commission, and other agencies, as appropriate, will analyze barriers, including access to voter registration, voting technology, voting by mail, polling locations, and poll worker training. Comments are due Friday, July 16, 2021 by 4 p.m. CT.
If you would like to share your experience, you can submit your comments online or email pva-eo@list.nist.gov with your comment as HTML, ASCII, Word, RTF, or PDF.