The 2016 Presidential Election is just around the corner. To ensure every voter is able to cast their ballot, it is vital that your polling places are ADA compliant.
Recently, Independent Agent published an article written by OneBeacon Government Risk’s President Brad York entitled, “Americans with Disabilities Act: Public Entities Must Comply.” In this article, York explains how to effectively comply with the ADA using communication, awareness and enhanced accessibility. This article is a great starting point for determining your public entities’ goals for complying with the ADA. However, when specifically looking to prepare your entity as a polling place, check out the ADA Checklist for Polling Places.
The checklist provided by the ADA also includes temporary remedies for issues to ensure a polling place is compliant for Election Day. Temporary remedies help solve problems that may need more extensive solutions due to cost or time. The checklist provides the circumstances in which temporary remedies may be used.
If you have further questions on how your agency can better comply with ADA requirements, contact your regional ADA center. You can locate your center here: https://adata.org/find-your-region