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Preserve election process in emergencies, ensure voting rights of disabled, ABA House measures say

The ABA House of Delegates has adopted a policy urging states, localities and territories to develop written contingency plans to preserve the election process in the event of an emergency.

Resolution 113A (PDF) says such plans should include at a minimum: alternative locations and times for conducting elections; backup and preservation of election and voter data; storage and testing of backup voting equipment; developing effective plans for communicating with voters; and recruitment and training for poll workers. The resolution also calls for measures to ensure that recovery workers may vote by absentee ballot or other methods.

In another voting issue, the House adopted Resolution 113B (PDF) calling on federal, state, local, territorial and tribal governments and the courts to ensure the electoral process, including voter registration and voting methods, are accessible to the disabled.

The policy was sponsored by the Standing Committee on Election Law.

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