- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - The Justice Department is seeking a court order to compel Houston-area elections officials to make all polling places accessible for disabled voters in all future elections.

Department attorneys filed a complaint Thursday with a U.S. district court, accusing Harris County of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act not providing accessible polling places for voters with disabilities.

In a statement, the department said architectural barriers at Harris County polling places include steep ramps and narrow doors that bar voters in wheelchairs or having other mobility impairments, as well as blind voters or those with other vision impairments.

A message left with the Harris County Attorney’s Office was not returned.

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