Tip #2: Make sure the polling place itself is accessible.
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Introduction

Accessible voting machines do not solve the accessibility problem is a voter can’t get to the machines. Physical access to the polling place and within the polling place is just as critical.

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Make sure every polling place is accessible and welcoming for people with mobility issues
  • Accessible parking, temporary if needed: Make sure there is adequate reserved parking near an accessible route into the polling place. Use temporary signage is necessary.
  • Provide easily visible signage directing voters to the accessible entrance to the polling place.
    • Place signs at any inaccessible entrance and on approaches to building, as well as near accessible entrances and wherever there is accessible parking.
    • Use large print and the accessibility symbol. Standard sign for wheelchair access. White schematic of person in wheelchair on blue background
    • Place signs where they can easily be seen from the street/sidewalk whether a person is standing or sitting.
    • If there is a curbside option, place signs to that effect where they can be seen from the street.
  • If there are doors without automatic openers or similar obstacles, place a means for obtaining assistance and signs in locations that can be reached by wheelchairs (e.g., portable doorbells if there is no door buzzer in an accessible location. Alternatively, position a poll worker at the door to assist voters.
  • Make sure access routes are not blocked by trash cans, bicycle parking, etc.
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Useful References

You can find all of these references on our website under “Tips for 2012”:

http://www.accessiblevoting.org/library/tips for 2012#resources

Additional references on each topic can be found under “More Tips for 2012” on the same page.

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