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Accessible Ballot Drop Box Guidelines

These guidelines are effective October 1, 2008 for the purpose of receiving a grant under the Accessibility Grant Program

  1. Walkway or path of travel to the drop box must be ADA Accessible.
  2. The path of travel must be safe and clear of obstacles.
  3. The drop boxes should be easily accessible via public transportation routes unless an exception is requested.
  4. The area surrounding the drop box must accommodate a five foot safe turning radius for chair users.
  5. The drop box should be usable without manually opening.
  6. Opening should be no higher than 48 inches and no lower than 15 inches from the ground.
  7. Ballot drop box should not have pointed or sharp edges.
  8. Any written information on the drop box should be no less than 3 inches with non-glare finish.  Characters and symbols should contrast with their background -- either light characters on a dark background or dark characters on a light background.
  9. Placement of the drop box should be done in consultation with the local Disability Accessible Committee.

For more detailed information on ADA regulations visit http://www.access-board.gov/adaag/