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Justice Department Releases ADA Settlement Agreement with Richland County Board of Elections and Voter Registration in South Carolina, Regarding the Accessibility of Polling Places
June 19, 2017
Source: U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
The United States Department of Justice opened an investigation of Richland County Board of Elections and Voter Registrations under Title II of the ADA to determine the physical accessibility of Elections Boards polling places to people with mobility and vision disabilities. Title II of the ADA prohibits public entities from excluding individuals with disabilities from participation in or denying them the benefits of the voting program, or subjecting them to discrimination, on the basis of disability. Title II also prohibits public entities from selecting facilities to be used as polling places that have the effect of excluding individuals with disabilities from or denying them the benefits of the voting program, or otherwise subjecting them to discrimination. Title II requires public entities to administer their services, programs, and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of qualified individuals with disabilities.
In the June 14, 2016 Primary Election, the Department surveyed 54 of the Elections Boards 150 polling place locations. The Department found that many of the Elections Boards polling places contain barriers to access for persons with disabilities, and thus the Elections Board violated Title II by failing to select facilities to be used as polling places on Election Day that are accessible to persons with disabilities.
To read the complete Settlement Agreement, go to the Justice Department ADA Home page at ADA.gov.
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