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Allegany County Board of Elections to ensure polling place accessibility

ALBANY – An agreement with the Allegany County Board of Elections that will help ensure that polling sites meet state and federal accessibility requirements was announced on Monday.  The county will undertake steps pursuant to New York State Election Law and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which require election officials to provide individuals with disabilities meaningful access to poll sites on Election Day. Pursuant to the agreement, the Board of Elections is required to designate an On-Site Accessibility Coordinator at each polling site across the county, train all poll workers on state and federal accessibility requirements, and work to eliminate architectural barriers that are inconsistent with federal accessibility guidelines.

“The right to vote is one of our most important civil rights and we must remove obstacles preventing voters with disabilities from being able to cast a ballot. Guaranteeing meaningful access to polling places requires that Boards of Elections make physical accessibility a priority,”  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. “The Allegany County Board of Elections has agreed to make polling place accessibility a reality by working with our Office and local officials well before the next elections are held. We look forward to working with other Boards of Elections around the state to undertake similar proactive measures to ensure that all voters can participate in elections conducted in the year ahead.”

This agreement is a part of the attorney general’s ongoing efforts to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal access to the ballot box. Census data indicates that approximately 12% of persons over the age of 18 in Allegany County have disablities, a figure higher than the statewide average.