The WEC conducts audits of polling places during each election. Listed below are the most common accessibility problems identified as a result of those visits. Click on each item for details and photos of best practices and common problems associated with each problem.
- Required election notices are not always posted and those posted are not printed in 18-point font.
- Lack of accessible parking spaces and/or insufficient signage for accessible parking spaces.
- Insufficient signage for accessible entrances.
- Doors that require more than 8 lbs. of force to open.
- Gaps and uneven pavement in the pathway from the parking area to the accessible entrance.
- Lack of privacy for voters casting a paper ballot.
- Interior routes that had obstacles, were poorly lit, and/or were not clearly marked.
- Accessible voting equipment that was not functional or was not clearly available for voters to use.
- Doors that do not have lever door handles or an electronic feature such as an automatic opener, power-assist, or bell/buzzer.
- Pathways to the accessible entrance that were not clearly marked.
You can also download a guide to solving these common accessibility problems below.
|Top 10 Polling Place Accessibility Problems Explained.pdf||3.59 MB|