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The rights of voters with disabilities are often challenged by inaccessible polling places and ballots.

While the Americans with Disabilities Act has improved access to public places for people with disabilities, it does not presently cover all voting places and practices. Some states have found that more than 40 percent of their polling places are not fully accessible. Even where polls are accessible, the ballot most often is not, at least not for blind voters. In addition, poll workers who are not informed about the needs of voters with some disabilities, may deny their right to designate a person to help them in the voting booth.

Source: The New York Times, 8/18/01

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