West Virginia Advocates working to make sure polling places meet ADA standards


Throughout the year many polling locations do not meet the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for access to polling locations.
But come election day many bring in temporary fixes so they do not break federal law.

If polling places are not up to par with the ADA it is considered to be a violation of federal law. 
West Virginia Advocates help people throughout the voting process from figuring out where a polling place is to making sure its handicap accessible and everything in between. 

The most common problems its seen with polling places are that there aren’t ramps where there should be, doorways are not wide enough so a wheelchair may have a hard time getting through and voting machines being too close together or in some cases not having booths those in wheelchairs can use.
Workers with West Virginia Advocates say whenever they’ve found a problem at a polling place the problem has been fixed very quickly. 

“It’s a fundamental right in this country, it’s extremely important that everybody has access to the polling station and everybody is treated exactly the same when it comes to voting,” said Jeremiah Underhill, Legal Director with West Virginia Advocates.

It’s also important polling locations have signs with directions for handicap accessibility if those are not there all year long. 

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