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Report Outlines “Significant Obstacles” at the Polls for Disabled and Elderly Voters

Ann-Elise Henzl

The Government Accountability Board says it found more than 10,000 violations of two federal laws, which require polling places to be accessible.

Over the last three years, the agency conducted inspections at 1,614 polling sites in 921 municipalities throughout the state.

Many polling places violated the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or the Help America Vote Act of 2002, because voters were not able to vote privately and independently.

The GAB says in some cases, the problems require “relatively minor” corrections, such as making print on a sign big enough for someone with a visual impairment to read. The agency says in other cases, local officials will need to consider renovations, repairs or different polling locations.