CHAPTER 463

FORMERLY

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 88

URGING THE STATE ELECTIONS COMMISSIONER AND COUNTY BOARDS OF ELECTION TO LOCATE POLLING PLACES IN FACILITIES THAT ARE ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, AND THAT EVERY EFFORT BE MADE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS IN THE 1990 ELECTIONS.

WHEREAS, the number of elderly and handicapped citizens of voting age is the fastest growing segment of our State's population; and

WHEREAS, people with disabilities each election year express the strong desire to participate equally in the electoral process; and

WHEREAS, the Federal Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, (Public Law 98-435) signed into law on September 28, 1984, charges state elections officials with assuring that all polling places for Federal elections are accessible to the handicapped and elderly voters; and

WHEREAS, there are now throughout the State numerous accessible facilities that are available, and meet all polling place criteria; and

WHEREAS, the re-apportionment scheduled to be in place for the 1992 elections should not be the target date for accessible polling places since the re-apportionment process will consume elections officials time; and, historically although election district lines may change, facilities used for polling places rarely do,

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the 135th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the House of Representatives concurring therein, that the State Elections Commissioner and County Boards of Election are hereby urged to locate all polling places in buildings that are accessible to older people and others with disabilities and that this be accomplished in time for the 1990 general elections.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, upon passage, suitable copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the State Elections Commissioner and to the Administrative Directors of each of the County Boards of Election.