U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said his office is reviewing all polling places in the Southern District of Indiana to see if they comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Minkler said Friday there’s a congressionally mandated responsibility to review compliance with the ADA. He notes that “this year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.”
As part of the review, election officials are being asked to complete surveys on polling place accessibility in their counties. Investigators may then conduct on-site inspections to confirm survey responses and to evaluate compliance with ADA regulations. Counties found in violation will have the option of resolving issues informally or may enter into a voluntary compliance agreement with the government in which they voluntarily agree to upgrade their facilities, and address issues before the November 2020 election.
Minkler said counties found to engage in a pattern or practice of discrimination or that fail to enter into voluntary compliance agreements may face lawsuits.
The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in all programs, activities, and services provided by public entities.
Anyone with polling place concerns in the Southern District is encouraged to contact assistant U.S. attorney Jeffrey Preston at 317-226-6333.