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US probes possible California voting violations for disabled

A May 15 letter says the department is investigating whether state voting practices and procedures violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A May 15 letter says the department is investigating whether state voting practices and procedures violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether California illegally denies voting rights to people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities.

The agency disclosed the probe in a May 15 letter to Secretary of State Alex Padilla and the California Supreme Court.

The letter says the department is investigating whether state voting practices and procedures violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The probe follows a complaint filed last year by advocates for the disabled that says thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including conditions such as Down syndrome, are being systematically denied the right to vote.

Those allegations focused on Los Angeles Superior Court but the department says they raise statewide concerns.

The state court system says it's cooperating with the inquiry.