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American Center for Disability Law, Fontes stress importance of voting

The American Center for Disability Law held a conference in Phoenix on June 16 that encouraged citizens with disabilities to advocate for themselves and prepare for voting. 

Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, the keynote speaker at the conference, spoke on the progress made since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law in 1990. One byproduct has been the implementation of voting machines accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities.

Fontes stressed the importance of not letting disabilities stop them from getting to the polls, and increasing their voice come election season. “We deserve our voice, we deserve our dignity, we deserve independence," he said. 

Fontes says his office is working to ensure the same technology found in the most wealthy counties is available in all counties.

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