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Experts: Polling sites lack proper signs to help people with disabilities, seniors avoid long lines

Perry Grossman with the New York Civil Liberties Union says people with mobility issues may be able to move to the front of the line.

News 12 Staff

Oct 29, 2020, 2:41 AM

Updated 1,306 days ago

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Voting rights experts say several Westchester polling locations have no signs telling people with disabilities that they're entitled to accommodations when standing on long lines.
Perry Grossman with the New York Civil Liberties Union says people with mobility issues may be able to move to the front of the line.
"It would be really easy to just put up another sign that says voters with certain disabilities should be able to ask for an accommodation here," says Grossman.
The elderly and those with heart or respiratory issues, for example, can be given a chair to sit on while waiting in line or even have a staffer stand in their place while they wait inside the polling location.
Grossman says disability law requires public places, such as polling sites, to make a reasonable accommodation to ensure that people are able to exercise their fundamental rights.
Grossman's team sent letters to the Westchester Board of Elections Tuesday and were told the matter will be addressed.


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