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Can I bring my service animal into my polling site on Election Day?

Yes. The right for a service animal to accompany its handler into public spaces applies to voting sites. Under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), public entities must make reasonable modifications to policies in order to grant equal access to its programs, services, and activities for individuals with disabilities. This is true whether or not the voting program is held at a facility operated by the entity. So if a county Board of Election (a public entity) uses a store (a public accommodation) as a temporary polling site, the Board of Election is responsible to ensure that a person with a disability accompanied by a service animal can bring their service animal with them into the store to vote.

If you have more questions about this or if you need to know more about something else under the ADA, please contact the Northeast ADA Center at 800-949-4232, by email at northeastada@cornell.edu, or by submitting a question through our website.

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