A. Accessible parking or passenger drop off should be available
Passenger Drop Off
1. Access aisle depth is at least 5'-0"
2. Access aisle lenght is at least 20 feet
3. Curb ramp connects access aisle to the accessible route to the accessible entrance of the polling places.
1. Marked access aisle
2. no more than 2% slope for both parking and access aisle
3. Parking sign
4. Accessible route from parking up to the entrance of the polling place
B. An Accessible route to the entrance
Route must be unobstructed
C. An accessible entrance to the voting site (It can be a temporary ramp)
1. At least 36" between handrails
2. Top landing part of the walk
3. Bottom landing part of walk
4. Handrails height 34" to 38"
5. Edge Protection
D. A route free from hazards
1. Wall mounted drinking fountains are a hazard when the front projects more than 4" beyond the wall and the bottom is more than 47" above the floor
2. Wall mounted objects cannot project more than 4 inches beyond the wall if the bottom is not in the cane-detectable area below 27 inches off the floor
3. Overhead objects must be at least 80 inches off the floor
E. A route to the voting booth and to all the common spaces within the facility
1. Accessible route connects building entrance with the voting area, including voter check in and accessible voting machine
2. Accessible route connects the accessible entrance with voting areas
3. Accessible door and doorway to voting area,
Note: A turning space should also be provided. If there are deaf voters who need assistance, the blinds should be closed behind the check-in so voters who read lips can communicate with the voting staff.
F. Temporary Solutions for Election Day
If a polling area is not accessible, find an accessible space near the voting area. Counter or table where the voting is taking place should be between 28 in to 34 inches in height and a forward approach knee space should be provided
Everyone should go to their polling places and make sure there are facilities that are accessible for voters in wheelchairs, voters who are visually impaired as well as hearing impaired. Let's try and make this election an accessible one.