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Does a polling site have to be physically accessible?

Yes. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals with disabilities have a right to physical access and use of a voting facility. This is true whether a polling site is operated by the public entity responsible for conducting the voting or if a facility is used as a temporary polling site. Where a building or facility has access barriers for people with disabilities, temporary solutions and fixes can be used to make the site accessible. If this is not possible, then the public entity must make reasonable modifications to allow for alternate voting, such as curbside voting, to ensure equal access.

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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