Poll Site Accessibility

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 Tashia Lerebours at tlerebours@cidny.org.

Our 2024 Voting Legislative Agenda items include the following:

CIDNY supports the authorizing of electronic submission of absentee ballots. (A5280 Epstein/S5729 Hoylman-Sigal): Electronic Ballot Return allowing select groups like blind voters, and other groups like military service members or Americans living overseas to receive, mark, and return their ballots electronically, without needing to print a paper ballot. Electronic Ballot Return is already being used both securely and successfully by the military and overseas voters in 32 states. Of those, 13 states, including Delaware, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, also permit voters with disabilities to utilize Electronic Ballot Return.

CIDNY supports mandatory training curriculum. (S617/Myrie): The curriculum shall be established by the state board of elections in consultation with election commissioners and shall not exceed thirty hours of instruction. Annually, election commissioners and other board of elections employees as determined by the state board of elections, shall complete before June first a continuing course of instruction on the operation of a board of elections which shall be provided by the state board of elections. The curriculum shall be established by the state board of elections in consultation with the election commissioners and shall not exceed three hours of instruction.

 

Poll Site Access Reports

November 2019 Poll Site Accessibility Report Summary
November 2018 Poll Site Survey Accessibility Report
2016 Poll Site Accessibility Survey Report
2015 Poll Site Accessibility Survey: Report — Pictures — Barriers Chart
November 2014 Poll Site Accessibility Report Summary
September 2014 Poll Site Accessibility Report Summary
November 2017 Poll Site Accessibility Report Summary

For Poll Site Accessibility Reports, Poll Sites Surveyed, and Individual Voter Survey Summaries from 2008-2014, please email info@cidny.org.

Voting News
Public Advocate and CIDNY Release New Report on Access to Voting
Disability Community Wins Against City’s Appeal in Voting Rights Case — Read the Court’s Opinion Order

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

Accessibility Checklist
Accessibility Checklist Training
Poll Worker Accessibility Checklist for Election Day
Non-Technical Guide Describing Guides Standards for Poll Site Accessibility