City of New York sued for lack of access to voting stations

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Disability Rights Advocates filed a lawsuit July 26 against the Board of Elections in the city of New York, charging that it discriminates against people with mobility and vision disabilities by failing to accommodate them at voting sites.

“Ramps at New York City polling places are commonly inaccessible, and sometimes there are no ramps at all,” according to the Disability Rights Advocates news release. “Even when people with disabilities can enter a site, all too often they face additional barriers inside that prevent voters from getting to voting machines to cast a vote.”

The complaint also alleges that the city fails to provide training for poll workers so they know how to assist voters with disabilities.

The case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, was brought along with the United Spinal Association and Disabled in Action.

Disability Rights Advocates is part of the federally funded protection and advocacy system and a member of the National Disability Rights Network.