On the eve of New York’s Congressional primary, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and the Center for the Independence of the Disabled in New York (CIDNY) issued the results of their survey of voters in the April 2016 presidential primary. In the survey, Brewer’s office and CIDNY gathered feedback from 128 New Yorkers on their experience in the April Primary, with a focus on issues affecting equal access and voting rights for New Yorkers with disabilities.
The survey results show a number of serious concerns that need to be addressed by the City’s Board of Elections, including:
▪ More than 70 percent of poll sites surveyed by CIDNY had at least one kind of accessibility barrier.
▪ 20 percent of respondents reported their poll site was overcrowded, a significant problem for voters who use wheelchairs or who live with other mobility impairments.
▪ Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of voters who attempted to use an accessible Ballot Marking Device reported that they were unable to vote privately and independently, in some cases because poll workers were not trained on how to properly assist voters without violating their privacy. Read more…