Was this a state of AZ problem or just the city of Phoenix?
There are guidelines for polling places, I would suggest the people of AZ, make sure there are enough polling places come the general election in Nov, but whom is responsible for making sure these guidelines are followed?
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LOCATING, INSPECTING, AND
DETERMINING POLLING PLACE
AND VOTE CENTER SITES
Collect information about available locations by
contacting area city halls and county building/
planning departments. Work to obtain access to
existing GIS data base information to determine
location, building capacity, parking availability and
building contact information.
Contact area city planning departments to review
future use and zoning maps to determine where
and what type of future growth is expected within
the next election cycle. Periodically review new
occupancy permits to assist with population density
projections. Example: It is important to know when
and where large apartment complexes are scheduled
to be constructed as it may require additional polling
places to effi ciently serve the voters.
Develop checklists and tool kits to facilitate the
inspection of all possible locations and ensure
compliance with the requirements of the American
with Disabilities Act (ADA). Partner with your
county building/planning department staff to assist
your offi ce with inspection responsibilities.
TIP: Develop a working data base of all available
locations within your jurisdiction in order to easily
manage last minute polling place cancellations.
Reach out to your disabled community
organizations and ask for their assistance in
fi nding and securing accessible polling locations.
POLLING PLACES AND VOTE CENTERS
Develop a written contract for the use of each
building on Election Day. Be sure to provide the
building manager a copy of the county’s insurance
policy information, and ask for a copy of theirs.
Develop and distribute a uniform fee structure
for use of the building. TIP: Some jurisdictions are
provided the use of public buildings at no cost.
Vote center and early voting locations are polling
places where any voter in the jurisdiction can
vote, and should be located close to major traffic
arteries for easy access. Consider using places that
have large parking areas and that people frequent
on a regular basis, i.e. libraries, recreational centers,
malls, municipal/county buildings. Remember that
these locations must also meet all applicable ADA
Conduct a public hearing to gain input and
approval of the vote center/early voting locations.
Be sure to invite members of the major political
Consider merging the data collected on all
possible locations with your county’s GIS
computer system. By merging voter registration
and “expected to vote” numbers by precinct with
the GIS data, you are able to visually locate
buildings that are within close proximity to
precincts/voters and with sufficient capacity to
serve the number of voters expected on Election
Day. Example: Two or more precincts could be
served by one polling place, depending upon the
size of the building, its location, and available
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