Survey: Polling Places Need Many, Small Changes By 2006
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 31, 2005
RICHMOND, INDIANA--Results from last year's general and primary elections are still coming in . . . and they don't look good for voters with disabilities.
No, we're not talking about the results of who was elected and which issues were approved.
These are the results of surveys taken to find out which polling places were accessible to voters with disabilities as required under the Help America Vote Act of 2002, the Palladium-Item reported Sunday.
Every polling place in Indiana was reviewed for accessibility on those election days.
The bad news is that few passed the test. In Wayne County, for example, only five out of 58 polling places complied. Only one out of Fayette County's 25 voting sites was fully accessible.
The good news is that most of the fixes are easy and inexpensive, according to Mike Soddrill, project director for "Count Us IN," which did the survey.
Election officials have until January 1 of next year to make their voting sites accessible under HAVA.
Many counties are merging polling places so there are fewer to make accessible. A bill in the state Senate would also allow counties to designate an accessible voting site as far as five miles outside the county.
"Polls don't accommodate disabled voters" (Palladium-Item)