Polling places reviewed for ADA complianceMarch 9, 2020
By The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said his office is reviewing all polling places in the Southern District of Indiana to see if they comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Minkler said Friday there's a congressionally mandated responsibility to review compliance with the ADA. He notes that “this year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act."
As part of the review, election officials are being asked to complete surveys on polling place accessibility in their counties. Investigators may then conduct on-site inspections to confirm survey responses and to evaluate compliance with ADA regulations. Counties found in violation will have the option of resolving issues informally or may enter into a Voluntary Compliance Agreement with the government in which they voluntarily agree to upgrade their facilities, and address issues before the November 2020 election.
Minkler said counties found to engage in a pattern or practice of discrimination or that fail to enter into Voluntary Compliance Agreements may face lawsuits.
The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in all programs, activities, and services provided by public entities.
Anyone with polling place concerns in the Southern District is encouraged to contact Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Preston at 317-226-6333.
More on DuboisCountyHerald.com
José Dubon believes people should be active and involved in their community. He learned that...
The Indiana State Department of Health reported Friday 27 new COVID-19 cases in Dubois County.
Steve Schwinghamer is ready to take the reins as Huntingburg’s new mayor.
An addition on the southeast end of Market Street Park will feature a fire ring plaza and places...
The Indiana State Department of Health reported Thursday 50 new COVID-19 cases in Dubois County.
The Krempp Gallery at the Jasper Arts Center will present Owensboro, Kentucky, ink landscape...
The Indiana State Department of Health reported Wednesday 33 new COVID-19 cases in Dubois County.
Southwestern Indiana Citizens for Quality of Life recently received The Mal Atherton Award from...