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Many Nueces Co. polling locations not viable as election approaches

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Most of Nueces County's 120 polling locations are not A.D.A. compliant. Most of Nueces County's 120 polling locations are not A.D.A. compliant.
CORPUS CHRISTI -

There's a good chance you'll have to find another place to vote this November.

The majority of Nueces County's 120 polling locations are in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and many of them won't be in compliance by the upcoming election.

Take Gibson Elementary for example. Nearly 2,000 people usually vote at that school, but it won't be a polling place come November.

As it stands right now, only 10 county polling locations are A.D.A. compliant. In fact, currently, we can't even vote at our own courthouse.

County Clerk Kara Sands says most of the non-compliant locations require expensive upgrades, and it's up to whoever owns the building to do it, if it's to remain a polling place.

"And some of these, we can put temporary ramps on as well, so it just depends," Sands says.

The county has two and a half years to fix all locations, but isn't allowed to use any that aren't in compliance.

So, with early voting just over two months away, officials might ask the Federal Government to make an exception this time around, for this particular election.

"We need an extension is what we need... because what they're (Federal Government) doing is they're disenfranchising voters," Sands says.

Next week, the county will meet with municipal and school district officials to figure out how many fixes they can afford to make before October, when early voting begins.

As for the courthouse, County Judge Loyd Neal promises it will be A.D.A. compliant by the election.

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