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Part 6 Series: Four steps to assist with accessibility for disabled voters

Voting laws allow voters different ways of voting to make it convenient and easy for all citizens. Registered voters may vote early or on Election Day.

The Municipal Election will be held on November 5, 2019 for Bladen County. Early and one-stop voting will begin on October 16th from 9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Bladen County Board of Elections office.

Here are 4 steps to remember to assist with accessibility for disabled voters

1. Make sure the parking lot has enough accessible spaces and accessible routes to the facility.

Quick fix: Use two regular parking spaces to make one accessible space and an access aisle.

2. Curbside voting is a required option for voters who are able to drive to the polling place, but unable to enter the building without assistance.

Ms. Valera Peacock McKoy, Interim Director with the Bladen County Board of Elections announced at an August board meeting the elections’ office will have curbside kits on site to help better manage the curbside traffic.

3. Make sure doors and entrances are accessible.

Quick fix: Prop open doors or station a volunteer to open the door.

4. Provide accessible hallways, corridors and voting areas.

Quick fix: Move signs, plants and other items from pathways if possible.

View more tips and information about the Do’s and Don’ts of Polling Site Set-Up here: https://disabilityrightsnc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Dos-and-Donts-of-Polling-Sites.pdf

Voters must be registered by Oct. 11. The candidates set for November’s vote may be found on BladenOnline.com at: https://bladenonline.com/municipal-election-candidates-set-for-november-vote/

Find out more about access to voting here: https://www.accessthevotenc.org/

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