Polling Place Accessibility

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INFORMATION STATEMENT ON ACCESS TO THE ELECTION PROCESS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA

In accordance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Voter Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act of 1984, the City of Philadelphia does not discriminate against people with disabilities in providing access to its election process.

According to these federal laws, the City of Philadelphia is required to ensure that its election process as a whole is accessible to people with disabilities in all elections. This means that polling places shall be accessible to people with disabilities to the extent that accessible locations are available within each election district.

The City Commissioners designates and lists polling place accessibility in varying degrees. Polling places that fully meet all federal and state criteria are designated with an “F” for fully accessible building and an “H” for handicapped parking.

If a polling place location does not fully meet these federal and state criteria but provides relative accessibility with minor assistance in entry then that location will be designated with a “B” for substantial accessibility.

If a fully accessible location, that meets all federal and state criteria (designated as “FH”), is not available for a polling place in your election Division, voting accessibility will be provided through the use of an Alternative Ballot in accordance with directives issued by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

If you are a registered voter who is disabled or age 65 or older and who is not assigned to a polling place that has been designated as “FH”, you are qualified to vote using an Alternative Ballot.

ONLY THE FOLLOWING WARDS AND DIVISIONS POLLING PLACES HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED AS “FH” OR FULLY ACCESSIBLE.
IF YOU ARE A REGISTERED VOTER IN ANY ELECTION DISTRICT IN PHILADELPHIA, EXCEPT FOR THOSE LISTED BELOW, AND YOU ARE DISABLED OR AGE 65 OR OLDER YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE FROM HOME USING AN ALTERNATIVE BALLOT OR AT CITY HALL ROOM 142 ON ELELCTION DAY USING AN EMERGENCY ALTERNATIVE BALLOT:

THIS LIST IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Ward Division Address Location
3 3,4 6212 Walnut St. Care Pavilion
6 2 4400 Fairmount Ave. Angela Court Nursing Home
6 9,11 4035 Parrish St. Sarah Allen Senior Housing
6 15 40th & Parkside Ave. School of the Future
6 17 4700 Parkside Ave. Discovery Charter School
7 5 167 W Allegheny Ave Villas Del Caribe
7 13,17 200 E Somerset St. Somerset Villas
8 3,4 1800 Lombard St. Penn Medicine
8 25 2 Franklin Town Blvd The Water Mark
8 27 2400 Chestnut St. 2400 Chestnut St. Bldg
8 30 17th South of Spring Garden Community College
9 4, 5 20 E Mermaid Lane Chestnut Hill
9 12 7301 Germantown Ave. Lutheran Theological Seminary
13 6,7,8 4340 Germantown Ave Nicetown Court
14 5 1100 Fairmount Ave. Gladys Jacobs Apts.
14 8 1100 Poplar St. Street Community Center
19 2,3,4 3rd and Ontario St. Marin Munoz School
19 6,7 2800 N American St. Congresso Edu &
19 11 2400 N. Howard St. Hunter School
20 4 1600 N 8th St Gray Manor
22 3 6400 Greene St. Cliveden Convales Center
27 2 4400 Baltimore Ave. H.M.S. School
27 17 1450 S 50TH St. Reba Brown Senior Apts.
30 7 1800 Lombard St. Penn Medicine
35 10,11,25 Rising Sun Ave. & Comly St. Lawncrest Recreation Center
35 15,16,17, 22 Langdon & Sanger St New Fels High School
37 3,4 2862 Germantown Ave. Warnock Village
38 2 3226 McMichael St. Abbottsford Homes
38 9,11 4349 Ridge Ave. Falls Ridge Apts. Com Ctr
39 15 501 Jackson St Jackson Place
41 17 Magee & Keystone Sts. Fire Engine # 38
42 5 4501 G. St. City Sign Shop
44 13,17 4901 Chestnut St. West Phila. High School
48 3,4 2600 Moore St. John Neuman Place
49 25 1300 W Godfrey Ave. Community College of Phila.
52 27 3900 City Ave. Presidential City Apts
52 30 2600 Belmont Ave. Inglis House Founders Hall
52 4, 5 1717 N 54TH St Wynnefield Place
56 12 2101 Strahle St. Samuel Tabas House
58 6,7,8 13500 Philmont Ave. Calvary Chapel
58 5 608 Welsh Rd. St. Thomas Syro Malabar Church
58 8 1619 Grant Ave Randi’s Restaurant
58 2,3,4 9896 Bustleton Ave. Paul’s Run
59 6,7 633 W Rittenhouse St. Rittenhouse Hill Apts
60 11 4901 Chestnut St. West Phila. High School
60 4 5429 Chestnut St. Holmes Senior Apts.
63 3 8550 Verree Rd. Villages Pine Valley Clubhouse
63 2 608 Welsh Rd. St. Thomas Syro Malabar Church
64 17 3201 Ryan Ave. Lincoln High School
64 7 8301 Roosevelt Blvd. Wesley Enhanced Living
66 10,11,25 10980 Norcom Rd. Norcom Community Center

An Alternative Ballot may be obtained for any election, upon your advance request on an Alternative Ballot Application. In Philadelphia an application for an Alternative Ballot can be made on the regular Absentee Ballot Application by checking the box for “Handicapped or 65 years or older and who is assigned to an inaccessible polling place”. The applications may be obtained at the County Board of Elections in Room 142, City Hall or by contacting (215) 686-3469 VOICE, or TTY/TDD through the AT&T Relay System. TDD users may utilize this service by calling 1-800-654-5984 and telling the communications assistant they want to speak to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Elections at (717) 787-5280.

Alternative Ballot Applications by mail must be submitted to the County Board of Elections not later than 7 days before the election.

Alternative Ballots must be returned to the County Board of Elections no later than the close of the polls, at 8:00 P.M. on Election Day.

Additionally, registered electors with disabilities may apply for an Emergency Alternative Ballot Application and cast their ballot in person at the County Board of Election, in Room 142, City Hall, up to the close of the polls on Election Day.

In addition, the City shall provide registration materials in large print at each registration facility, and voting instructions in large print at each polling place.

Should you have any questions about your rights, or the City’s obligations under these laws, or if you need assistance in determining if your polling place fully meets federal and state criteria, please contact the Accessibility Compliance Office, or the County Board of Elections.

City Commissioner's Office
City Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19107
 

County Board of Elections
City Hall, Room 142
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-686-3469 215-686-3943

Accessibility Compliance Office
1401 JFK Blvd, MSB 10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102 – 1677