- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - Six teams of Department of Justice observers will be allowed at 75 Harris County polling sites on Election Day to make sure mobility-impaired voters have no problems casting ballots.

The Houston Chronicle (https://bit.ly/2eUz825 ) reports the agreement was approved Thursday by a federal judge in Houston. Harris County will field its own observation teams on Election Day.

The Justice Department in August sued Harris County alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act related to appropriate parking, ramps and voting space.

Federal observers in Houston, during early voting this week, reported seeing a visibly armed county investigator with a badge videotaping an elderly African-American woman with a walker entering a polling place. Concerns were raised about voter intimidation.

County officials say the taping was meant to record the site’s accessibility.


Information from: Houston Chronicle, https://www.houstonchronicle.com

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