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 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 using 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 ELECTION DAY USING AN EMERGENCY ALTERNATIVE BALLOT:

THIS LIST IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Ward Division Address Location
2 15, 16, 25 416 Queen St Settlement Music School (Curtis Branch)
3 19 5845 Catharine St. Sharon Baptist Community Ctr.
5 15 1039 N Lawrence St St John Neumann Center
6 2 4400 Fairmount Ave Angela Court Nursing Home
6 6,16 761 N 47th St. Lucien E Blackwell Community Ctr
6 9, 11 4035 Parrish St Sarah Allen Senior Housing
6 17 4700 Parkside Ave. Discovery Charter School
7 1,2,3 2800 N American St. Congreso Edu. & Training Ctr.
7 4,5 167 W Allegheny Ave. Villas Del Caribe
7 13, 17 200 E Somerset St Somerset Villas
8 30 17th St, South of Spring Garden St. Community College of Phila. (Winnet Building)
9 4,5,17 20 E Mermaid Lane Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting
9 7,8 8812 Germantown Ave. Chestnut Hill United Church
9 12 7301 Germantown Ave Lutheran Theological Seminary
11 6 1738 W Atlantic St. Resurgence Church
12 11 220 W Coulter St. Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church (West)
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
17 6, 7 6401 Ogontz Ave Mt Airy Church of God in Christ
18 1, 2 1340 Frankford Ave Lutheran Settlement House
19 1,2,3,4 3rd & Ontario Sts Marin Munoz School
19 6, 7 2800 N American St Congreso Edu & Training Ctr.
19 11,19 2400 N Howard St Hunter School
20 2, 3, 4, 11 1601 N 12th St. Bright Hope Baptist Church
21 29, 40, 41 7219 Ridge Ave. Old CVS Building
22 3 6511 Lincoln Dr. Unitarian Society of Germantown
29 4,7 1515 N 24th St. Sharswood Senior Tower
30 1 1525 Fitzwater St Gideon Hall @Scottish Rite House
35 10, 11, 13, 25 6000 Rising Sun Ave. Lawncrest Recreation Center
35 15, 16, 17, 22 5500 Langdon St. New Fels High School
37 9 2862 Germantown Ave Warnock Village
38 1 3226 McMichael St Abbottsford Homes
38 17 4200 Wissahickon Ave Salvation Army KROC Center
40 31 7100 Grovers Ave Hardy Williams Veterans Center
42 1 4501 G St City Sign Shop
44 7, 18 616 N 52nd St. Stephen Gold Residences
44 8 4901 Chestnut St. West Phila. High School
46 16 730 S 43rd St. A.R.C. Building (Univ of Sciences)
49 3, 20 1300 W Godfrey Ave Community College of Phila. (Northwest)
50 9, 21 915 E Gowen St. Presbytery of Philadelphia
50 16, 20, 24, 30 7401 Limekiln Pk. Masjidullah Mosque
50 29 2800 W Cheltenham Ave. Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church (East)
52 3 3900 City Ave. Presidential City Apartments
52 8, 9, 11, 28 3955 Conshohocken Ave. Sharon Baptist Church
52 22, 23 1717 N 54th St. Wynnefield Place
58 9, 13, 17 608 Welsh Rd. St. Thomas Syro Malabar Church
59 20 633 W Rittenhouse St. Rittenhouse Hill Apartments
60 1, 2, 8, 12, 23 4901 Chestnut St West Phila High School
60 4, 6 5429 Chestnut St Holmes Senior Apts
61 22 6926 Old York Rd. P.A.S.S.I. Evergreen Center
63 7, 11, 23 8540 Verree Rd. Cora Services Inc.
63 21 608 Welsh Rd St Thomas Syro Malabar Church
64 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14 3201 Ryan Ave Lincoln High School
65 4, 6, 7, 20 9617 James St. Knights of Columbus
66 2, 7 11630 Caroline Rd. F.O.P. Lodge #5
66 24, 44, 46 11099 Knights Rd Katherine Drexel Library
66 29 11081 Knights Rd. Benjamin Rush High School

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 no 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 Elections, 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