Majority Of Coconino County Polling Sites Were Not Fully Accessible For Disabled Voters

Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 8:40am
Updated: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 8:50am
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The Department of Justice found majority of Coconino County polling sites were not fully accessible to those with disabilities during the August 2016 primary election.

The random audit found 30 of the 31 polling locations surveyed were not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Issues included inaccessible parking, wheelchair ramps that were too steep and narrow doors. The department also found that handicap parking spots on the Navajo Nation were unpaved.

The justice department announced Monday that it had come to a settlement with the county and will monitor efforts to ensure compliance. The nation's second-largest county covers more than 18,000 square miles and has until November 2020 to ensure all locations are fully accessible.

The county includes the Grand Canyon and parts of the Navajo, Hualapai, Hopi, Havasupai and Kaibab Indian reservations. 

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