York County settles federal lawsuit over ADA violations at polling places

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch
A steady stream of voters moved through the Hanover Municipal polling site early Nov. 6.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced a settlement Wednesday with York County over inaccessibility at polling places for persons with disabilities.

Officials from the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Department of Justice found "barriers to access" at several polling places they surveyed during the May 15 primary in 2018, a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Under the settlement agreement, the county will evaluate each current and prospective polling place to make sure it meets ADA standards.

Any inaccessible polling places must be relocated or retrofitted with temporary measures on Election Day, such as portable ramps, signs or doorbells.

"The county is diligently working to address the deficiencies, including petitioning our legislative delegation to make schools primary polling sites," said county spokesman Mark Walters. 

The York County Board of Commissioners finalized the settlement at its Wednesday, Oct. 2, meeting. 

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