Can we anticipate the DOJ expanding its investigative efforts as we enter the voting season?
The Justice Department entered into a settlement agreement with Newton County, Arkansas and its Board of Election Commissioners to resolve an investigation conducted under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Department’s investigation found that the County’s polling places contain architectural barriers that make them inaccessible to voters with disabilities. Under the agreement, the County will provide accessible polling places in order to have a voting program that is accessible to persons with disabilities, including persons with mobility or vision disabilities; revise all relevant policies, practices, and procedures to comply with the ADA; provide training to election officers, poll workers, and County employees on the requirements of the agreement, including accessibility protections under Title II of the ADA, and anti-retaliation protections under Title V of the ADA; and designate an employee to serve as the County’s ADA Coordinator.
For more information on the ADA or this settlement agreement, please visit ADA.gov or call the toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (TTY 800-514-0383).