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Ensure Your Polling Place is ADA Compliant for All Voters

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Participating in the electoral process and voting in elections is a fundamental right for every American adult.

But individuals living with limited mobility and other disabilities face unique challenges when its time to go to the polls and vote. In fact, despite requirements established within the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), voters living with a disability or limited mobility are less likely to vote.

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Polling place accessibility has been an ongoing problem throughout the United States.

According to a study conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), only 27% of polling places had no potential impediments in the path from parking to the voting area during the 2008 election. In 2019, a lawsuit in Harris County, Texas was settled by the Department of Justice to make polling places accessible for all. It is possible more lawsuits will follow throughout 2020, as this year, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission is pushing users who face accessibility challenges to know their rights when it comes to polling place accessibility.

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illustration of hand putting a vote into a ballot boxThere are steps that you can take to make sure your polling place is accessible so that voters of all abilities can exercise their right to vote.

Improve Polling Place Accessibility

Polling Place Accessibility Checklist

There are a few common obstacles disabled voters face when they get to a polling place.

Follow this checklist to make sure your polling place meets the necessary requirements.

For more information, check out resources from the Department of Justice.

Check Accessibility Requirements

checkmark iconParking Requirements

Accessible parking spaces are required to accommodate disabled individuals. ADA requirements for parking spaces are as follows:

If the polling place you manage doesnt have adequate spaces, putting up cones and signage for temporary accessible spaces is acceptable.
Total Spaces in Parking LotRequired Number of Accessible Spaces
1 – 251
26 – 502
51 – 753
76 – 1004
101 – 1505
151 – 2006
201 – 3007
301 – 4008
401 – 5009
501 – 1,0002% of total spaces
1,001+20 plus 1 space for each 100 spaces over 1,000

checkmark iconCurb & Entrance Accessibility

Sidewalk and walkway surfaces are required to be at least 36 inches wide to accommodate mobility devices like wheelchairs, walkers, and mobility scooters. Curb ramps should have slopes no steeper than a 1:12 ratio. All entryways are required to be level with no more than a one-half inch change and doorways must be at least 32 inches wide. If the entrance to the polling place does not have a level approach, ramps or modular access systems can be installed to allow for adequate access for mobility devices.

While threshold ramps and portable folding ramps can be used as a temporary measure for compliance, the TITAN Code Compliant Modular Access System meets all ADA requirements and offers a stable, durable solution.

checkmark iconIndoor Accessibility

All hallways should be free of obstacles such as coat racks, fire extinguishers or water fountains that protrude from the wall. If obstacles cannot be moved, cones or other cane-detectable objects should be placed in front of them to allow visually impaired voters to detect them. Elevator access is required for buildings where the voting area is not on the main floor.

checkmark iconVoting Area Accessibility

All voters should have a clear path throughout the voting area that is at least 36 inches wide. Each polling place should have at least one voting booth that is 36 inches wide to accommodate a mobility device.

The EZ-ACCESS Polling Place Solution

EZ-ACCESS has been selected as the trusted partner and ramp supplier for the New York City Board of Elections for polling places in New York City.

And with our turnkey solution, we can improve accessibility at polling places across the United States. We have the knowledge and products to ensure that polling places meet accessibility standards required by the ADA.

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What are the advantages of working with EZ-ACCESS for polling place accessibility?

  • Our TITAN™ Code Compliant Modular Access System is truly code-compliant and the ultimate safe access solution.
  • We partner with a nationwide network of contractors who will evaluate the accessibility needs for ramping at a polling place, make recommendations for improvement and make sure the work is done to ADA Compliance Standards.
  • We partner with selected third-party contractors or crews supplied by cities or other government bodies.

illustration of a man in a powered four wheel wheelchairFor communities looking for a turnkey solution that will allow all voters in your community to exercise their right to vote, look no further. Complete our online form to connect with our team about improving polling place accessibility in your community.

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