Coconino County is making polling sites more accessible to disabled voters after a surprise audit finds noncompliance

Coconino County is making polling sites more accessible to voters with physical disabilities on Election Day after a random audit by the U.S. Justice Department found many sites were not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.The justice department announced Monday that it had come to a settlement with the county over compliance issues that include inaccessible parking, wheelchair ramps that are too steep and narrow doors. The department also found that handicap parking spots on the Navajo Nation were unpaved. County Recorder Patty Hansen said the Justice Department conducted a random inspection back in August of 2016 and notified the county that 30 of the 31 polling locations it surveyed were problematic. Hansen said the county is fixing the issues and working with the Navajo Nation to address non-compliance there. Coconino County has approximately 82,000 registered voters.


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