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Report shows barriers to voting for Detroiters with a disability

ID: A Detroit polling location on the city’s eastside was photographed on Aug. 2, 2022. (BridgeDetroit photo by Malachi Barrett)

A new report from Detroit Disability Power, an advocacy group pushing for greater investment in government services and accommodations for people with disabilities, found 20 out of 167 polling locations in Detroit were fully accessible. Detroit uses 170 polling locations.

Detroit Disability Power Executive Director Dessa Cosma said the report reveals significant problems with parking, building entrances, specialized voting terminals, privacy and accessible voting booths. Cosma said she hopes the report provides a roadmap for local clerks to improve accessibility. Similar issues were encountered across metro Detroit; the report found only 16% of polling sites out of 261 visited by the volunteers were fully accessible.


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