Poll Accessibility Could Mean 60 Million More Voters
September 14, 2023
In Michigan and across the country, nearly 25% of the population encounters challenges in voting and accessing the polls.
The Carter Center and Detroit Disability Power audited 261 polling locations in metro Detroit last election, and found just 16% of them fully accessible.
Dessa Cosma, executive director of the group Detroit Disability Power, said many polling locations do not have accessible parking, a ramp, clear signage, accessible doors or a direct travel path even just to enter the building. Once inside there are further challenges.
"No wheelchair-height voting booth or no functional...