Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

All Polling Places Need to Be Checked for Accessibility

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

All Polling Places Need to Be Checked for Accessibility

Article excerpt

"I want to vote," the elderly woman said as she leaned on her walker, "but I can't always do it. I can't get down the stairs to my polling place."

"Isn't there a ramp?" I asked. "It's federal law that polling places have to be accessible for people with handicaps."

"There's an elevator," she said, "but it doesn't always work. When it's not working, I can't vote."

"What's the name of your polling place?"

"Laketon Heights in Penn Hills," she responded.

Who in Allegheny County is responsible for checking that the elevator this woman depends on to vote will be working on election day? How many people in Allegheny County and across Pennsylvania have been denied their right to vote because their polling place was not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? …

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