Appendix D - Possible Modification Techniques

Polling Place Accessibility Guidelines – March 2010


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When an accessible polling place cannot be located, county elections officials may attempt to modify an inaccessible polling site for use on Election Day by applying temporary measures to provide accessible features or to minimize physical barriers at that polling place. Equipment or measures used to modify areas of a polling place may be placed at arrival points, on the paths of travel, at entryways, or within a voting area.

Potential temporary modifications to provide accessible features or minimize physical barriers at a polling place that elections officials may want to consider include:

Parking (inaccessible features and potential temporary modification)

If the parking aisle for van accessible or auto accessible parking spaces is too narrow:

If the van accessible or auto accessible parking space and/or aisle is not long enough:

If accessible parking signage is not present:

If the van accessible or auto accessible parking space slopes too steeply:

Path of Travel (inaccessible features and potential temporary modification)

If the path of travel signage (to parking or to a polling place) is unclear or missing:

If curbs are present in the path of travel that are not ramped:

If one possible path of travel is not wide enough:

If stairs are present that are exposed on the underside so that a visually impaired person might bump their heads on the underside of them (they are not cane detectable):

If grates are present in the path of travel that have holes that are too large in the direction of travel:

If objects protrude into a path of travel or into the voting area:

If main entrances to the polling place are not accessible:

If doorway or other thresholds are too high or too abrupt:

Doors and Hallways (inaccessible features and potential temporary modification)

If a door has insufficient landing space or insufficient strike side clearance:

If a door has a sloped landing space:

If a door has inaccessible door hardware (such as round knobs or thumb latches):

If a door requires pressure more than five pounds of force to open:

Voting Area (inaccessible features and potential temporary modification)

If voting booths do not have enough knee space:

If the voting area is too dimly lit for proper use as a polling place:

Elevators and Lifts (inaccessible features and potential temporary modification)

If elevators or lifts do not meet standards:

Restrooms

If restrooms closest to the polling site or room used on Election Day are not accessible to everyone, it is recommended that restrooms should not be available to anyone who comes to the polling site or room for the purpose of voting.


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