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Polling Place Accessibility

Every Wisconsin voter has a right to cast a ballot privately and independently at their polling place on Election Day.  In addition, the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requires that every polling place in the State of Wisconsin meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility standards.  Local election officials have a responsibility to guarantee that each of their polling places meets these standards and that all voters are provided with an equal opportunity to cast a ballot.

The G.A.B. conducts audits of polling places around the state for each election and works with municipalities to correct identified problems and improve accessibility.  The results of those audits are reported to each municipality and a Plan of Action is required from the municipal clerk to address any concerns found during the audit.  Municipal clerks are then able to request accessibility-related supplies from the G.A.B. to assist them with bringing their polling places into compliance.

The information gathered during polling place audits is analyzed and used to improve and update clerk and poll worker training materials and voter outreach information.  This data is also used to inform the Wisconsin State Legislature about the barriers that citizens with disabilities face when voting.