Data: Only 6% of Chicago Polling Places are Fully Accessible

By Kate Perschke |  @RedLineProject | Posted: Monday, March 9, 2020

Map of the 125 fully-accessible Election Day polling places in Chicago. (Map/Kate Perschke)

Out of 2,068 Election Day polling places in Chicago, only 125 are fully accessible to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), an analysis of election data shows. As of this week, 45 precincts are still not assigned.

The Chicago Board of Elections has election information, such as accessibility statutes, on its website. This data only shows the accessibility status of polling places open on Election Day and does not include early voting. With less than two weeks until Election Day on Tuesday, March 17, data show that only 6% of polling places will be fully accessible.

Voters with disabilities have accommodations available to them from now to Election Day. For voters who need accessible buildings to vote but may not have one in their precinct, applications for a mail-in ballot are open until March 12 at 5 p.m.

Searchable database

This database includes all of the polling locations that are not accessible for people with disabilities. Search for your polling place in the database if it's not listed in the map above (e.g. Gill Park, etc.)

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