Jefferson County Disability Voting Settlement

Oct 31, 2016

Jefferson County and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for North and Central Alabama have come to a settlement on voting access for the disabled.

An investigation began nationwide earlier this year with combined efforts from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

Joyce White Vance is the U.S. Attorney for the northern district of Alabama. She says they checked 36 polling sites in Jefferson County, and had a lot of work to do.

“Only 4 were completely compliant with the ADA for use on Election Day. 26 had non-compliant elements that could be fixed with temporary measures like cones, ramps, propping doors open, etc. 6 polling places could not be fixed with temporary measures and locations needed to be changed.”

The settlement agreement will bring Jefferson County into compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Alabamians head to the polls next Tuesday.