DRTx receives national advocacy award

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We are excited to learn that we have received this year’s National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) Advocacy Award for our work on behalf of voters with disabilities in Texas.

An email from Marlene Sallo, NDRN Executive Director, said:

I am very excited to reach out and let you know that it is my pleasure to inform you that Disability Rights Texas has been awarded the NDRN Advocacy Award for your work on behalf of voters with disabilities in Texas.

Disability Rights Texas has shown extraordinary leadership by investigating the accessibility of county election websites throughout the state and determining that most of the websites were in noncompliance. These efforts led the Department of Justice to initiate its own investigation which supported your findings. Bravo!

I know that you are very proud of the diligent work of DRTx’s voting team, attorneys, and staff and the results of their work: improved access to accessible ballots on behalf of voters who are blind or who have print disabilities and amicus support for lawsuits seeking to improve access to mail-in ballot drop boxes.

DRTx’s persistent and creative approach to voting rights and access has allowed many voters with disabilities to vote privately and independently for the first time. Your efforts are a model for the entire P&A/CAP network.

For these reasons and more, we’re so happy to be able to honor your work this year.