City Taking Lead on Polling Place Accessibility for Tuesday Elections

April 7, 2009

Madison - Mayor Dave Cieslewicz said today that the City of Madison is working to ensure accessibility at its polling places for Tuesday's elections.

City of Madison Building Inspectors and Assessors will survey all 80 City of Madison Polling Places on Election Day to ensure that they are completely accessible. Both departments have participated in accessibility training offered by the Government Accountability Board.

In February of 2008, the City of Madison was the first municipality in the state to pilot the Government Accountability Board's revised Polling Place Accessibility Survey.

Each polling place has an "accessibility checklist" that poll workers can refer to in order to ensure that their location is fully accessible. All City of Madison Election Officials have been trained on accessibility requirements and the use of the AutoMark Voter Assist Terminal, which can be used by persons with disabilities to assist in marking the ballot.

"Madison is taking the lead in ensuring that all of our polling places are accessible to all of our voters," said Mayor Dave Cieslewicz. "We are making sure poll workers have the information they need to ensure accessibility at the polls.

Contact:
  • Rachel Strauch-Nelson, (608) 266-4611