Touch screen voting machines will be available for visually impaired voters in the City of St. Louis, in accordance with a judges ruling Friday.

A federal judge took steps to protect the rights of disabled voters in Missouri.

Two blind St. Louis residents sued, claiming a recent court ruling essentially eliminated absentee voting on machines.

They said they need the machines, which allow the ballots to be electronically read to voters, to protect their rights to privacy, and Friday afternoon, a judge ruled touch screen voting machines must be available at all absentee voting locations.

In a press release from the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners, the board said it welcomes the decision, and others like it.

For more information on absentee voting in the area, click here.