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Officials hold curbside voting at inaccessible Nampa site

Posted at 10:44 AM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 13:49:53-05

A Nampa polling place that was found to be inaccessible to voters with disabilities has officials delivering ballots to the parking lot.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports Canyon County Clerk Chris Yamamoto says an alternative entrance to Southside Methodist Church could not be found in time for Tuesday voting, so instead people with disabilities can call poll workers who will deliver a ballot to their parked car.

A U.S. Department of Justice review found that the church's ramp was too steep and lacked handrails, making it challenging for disabled voters to get to the pools. Yamamoto had suggested finding an alternate entrance, but those plans were unsuccessful.

In total, the county has spent $5,000 on curbside voting and van-accessible signage in response to the federal review.