CIDNY's ongoing voting rights project surveys the accessibility of poll sites in New York City to assure that voters with disabilities can vote at their local poll sites, as part of their community, without facing any barriers. As our survey work has shown, just getting in the door at neighborhood poll sites remains a significant barrier to voting for people with disabilities. If you would like to be a part of our poll site surveys, or have other questions, contact Monica Bartley at

Voting News:

Public Advocate and CIDNY Release New Report on Access to Voting

Disability Community Wins Against City’s Appeal in Voting Rights Case,             Click here to read the Court’s Opinion Order 

We Just Want to Vote:
Barriers to Voting for People with Disabilities


Definitions of Poll Site Barriers
A list of the common access barriers found at pollsites.

Poll Site Survey Barriers Summary
A complete list of all poll sites surveyed by CIDNY since 2003 and the barriers found, arranged by assembly district.

Examples of Poll Site Barriers
A photographic guide to actual poll site barriers we encountered during our surveys.

For more information poll site accessibly standards, please refer to the Department of Justice's ADA Checklist for polling Places.


Accessible voting for people with disabilities also depends on the accessibility of our voting machines. In 2003, The New York City Borough President Virginia Fields and CIDNY released the following report on machine accessibility:

Voting Technology for People with Disabilities
A report on the experiences of many voters with disabilities and the accessible features of new voting machines.

*For a print copy of any report, please email with your name and address.