Voters Sue For Access At Polls
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 30, 2002
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--Less than two weeks before the election, a group of Chicago voters filed a lawsuit against the local Board of Election Commissioners, claiming they are being denied their constitutional right to vote because the polling places are not accessible to them.
The four plaintiffs vote in the 43rd Ward, but want their case expanded into a class-action suit. They filed suit last Thursday.
Tom Leach, a spokesperson for the election board, told the Chicago Sun-Times that the board has been working with the plaintiffs to find alternatives to the polling site at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School.
Sixteen percent of the polling places in Chicago are still not accessible to voters with disabilities, Leach said.