Saturday, September 3, 2016

What is an accessible polling site?

Accessibility resources from the federal government

Memphis polling site, sign says: Vote Here

Tennessee polling places need to be accessible to all voters. If you are not sure what access you can expect at each polling site, the federal government has published guidance to help ensure that all voters have access to the polls. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has created a checklist and guide to make sure that local polling places can ensure the right to vote to all Americans. Use the resources from the federal government to check for access at your polling site.

DOJ Releases ADA Checklist for Polling Places

The release discusses polling place accessibility with a focus on the areas of a facility that may be used as a polling place on Election Day; includes a list of the tools election officials will need in order to use the Checklist, some helpful tips on taking measurements and photographs, and a useful list of the most common tools for temporary remedies and the circumstances in which they may be used; and includes the 2016 Checklist.
The full release can be found at:

Final Rule Implementing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADA Amendments Act) made a number of significant changes to the meaning and interpretation of the ADA definition of "disability" to ensure that definition would be broadly construed and applied without extensive analysis. On July 15, 2016, Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed a Final Rule incorporating the requirements of the ADA Amendments Act into the ADA title II and title III regulations. The Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2016, and takes effect 60 days from publication, on October 11, 2016.

The complete Final Rule can be found at:

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