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Nueces county sets firm deadline on polling place assessments

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Only 10 of Nueces County's 120 polling locations are ADA compliant. Only 10 of Nueces County's 120 polling locations are ADA compliant.
CORPUS CHRISTI -

Thursday, Nueces County Officials set a one week deadline to come up with a timeline for repairs to make polling locations compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The City of Corpus Christi has already identified 6 locations that they can fix before the November elections. Those locations include City Hall, Fire Station 9, 11, and 12, the Oak Park Recreation Center, and the Zavala Senior Center.

Only 10 of the 120 polling locations in Nueces County meet ADA requirements. The Nueces County Judge met with officials from Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, and all county school districts to figure out what repairs can be made before the November elections. Judge Loyd Neal gave a one week deadline.

"All we're asking them to do is to help us so I can go back to DOJ and say we are going to be able to do this in a certain time, or we're going to need more time to be in compliance," said Judge Neal. 

Some entities like the City of Corpus Christi have already done just that. 

But others like the Corpus Christi independent School District say it would like some help. A CCISD representative asked the County Clerk to help identify some easy fixes the district could make. 

"Is there some way somebody could walk with me or somebody else to say Scott this is the best place for it. You don't have to do anything if you put the voting booth right here," said the representative. 

While some places can be fixed with minor repairs or temporary ramps, most of the non-compliant locations require expensive and timely upgrades.

"There's a couple in there that have some more complexity to them that are going to take 150 or 200 thousand dollars. Those are the ones we'll put off to a future fiscal year," said Corpus Christi City Manager Ron Olson. 

It's those locations that the county says it needs some type of repair timeline to show to the Department of Justice. 

Judge Neal stressed the importance of meeting that one week deadline. That's because he plans to go back to the Department of Justice in two weeks to ask for an extension. 

He needs those repair timelines before that visit.

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