On Wednesday, January 14, 2004, Judge Wayne Alley of the U.S. Federal Court of Central Florida ordered the State of Florida and the city of Jacksonville to have accessible voting machines in place for this year's August primary and November general election. This is the third federal district court that has made a similar ruling. Jacksonville, Washington DC, and Philadelphia all purchased and installed new voting systems that were not accessible, actions that multiple federal courts have struck down. The State of Florida and the city of Jacksonville were found to have violated the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act. The judge is requiring both the state and the city to report their progress to the court regularly over the next few months. According to Jim Dickson of AAPD, "this ruling should apply to 29 of the Florida counties with similar facts, as well as states and counties across the nation."
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