Arthur Campbell is a disability rights advocate; he was part of the movement that paved the way for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. But he says there’s still a lot of work to be done, like with Kentucky’s polling places.
For the past few years, Campbell has used a separate door to get into his voting precinct in Louisville. That complies with the ADA, which says if a main door can’t be made accessible, a separate door can be used. But in the past, there’s been a violation: despite federal regulation requiring that accessible doors be kept unlocked during voting hours, Campbell’s accessible door has been locked, and only opened if he pushes a buzzer for assistance.
“When you get up to the door, not only do you have to press the button because it’s closed at the time, [I had] to wait for someone to come all the way around,” Campbell said, adding that at times he’d wait upwards of 15 minutes.
There are around 3,700 polling stations across Kentucky, and by law each one is required to be accessible to people with all disabilities, including physical, intellectual or developmental. For …