JUL 27 1993

Mr. Jim Blair hair, Elections commission and City Clark 9th Floor, City Hall 124 W. Michigan Avenue Lansing, Michigan 48933 RE: Complaint Number XXX Dear Mr. Blair: The Coordination and Review Section has received your response to our data request concerning a Complaint against Lansing, Michigan, alleging violations of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 [ADA], which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability by state and local governments. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the polling place located at Sexton High School was not accessible to persons with mobility impairments for the August 4, 1992 election. According to the information that Ms. Slade provided to Linda King of my staff on October 21, 1992, and the information provided to us in your letter of April 19, 1993, the furniture that was blocking the accessible entrance at Sexton High School on August 4 was removed after the compliant was received by the City Clerk's Office. The entrance is presently accessible and there is an accessible route from that entrance to the auditorium, where citizens vote. There is signage identifying accessible entrances and there are eight accessible parking spaces. New procedures have been adopted to ensure that all polling places will be accessible on election day and a notice will be placed in the local newspaper prior to each election regarding the accessibility of polling places and listing a phone number for more information. In addition, the Lansing Human Relations Department surveyed all polling places in Lansing to ensure that they are accessible to persons with mobility impairments.

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01-00055 -2 In view of the steps taken by the City to ensure that the problems that occurred during the August election will not occur in the future, we find that the City Elections Commission is presently in compliance with the requirements of title II for accessible polling places. Under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552, it may be necessary to release this document and related correspondence and records upon request. However, if such a request is made, we will seek to protect, to the extent provided by law, personal information which, if released, could constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy. If you have any questions concerning this letter, please feel free to call Linda King at [202] 307-2231. Sincerely,

Stewart B. Oneglia Chief Coordination and Review Section Civil Rights Division

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AUG 27 XXXX XXXX XXXX RE: Complaint Number

Dear Ms. XXX : This letter constitutes our Letter of Findings with respect to the complaint you filed with the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Coordination and Review Section, alleging violations of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 [ADA], which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities an the basis of disability by State and local governments, by the Lansing Elections Commission. Specifically, you alleged that the polling place located at Sexton High School was not accessible to persons with nobility impairments for the August 4, 1992 election. As Linda King of my staff told you on October 22, 1992, the furniture that was blocking the accessible entrance at Sexton High school on August 4 was removed. The entrance is presently accessible and there is an accessible route from that entrance to the auditorium, where citizens vote. According to information provided by the Lansing City Clerk's Office, there is signage identifying accessible entrances and there eight accessible parking spaces at Sexton High School. In October 1992, the City of Lansing adopted new procedures to ensure that all polling places will be accessible on election days. The City Human Relations Department has completed an accessibility survey of all polling places and determined that they are accessible. The City Clark's office has met with members of the Lansing School District to review accessibility c: Records, CRS, Chrono, King, Kaltenborn, Payne, Keenan:dhj T. 5/27/93 udd:Kingllld/LOF XXX FOIA, Breen, Friedlander

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-2requirements for polling places in school buildings and will send a letter to the School District prior to each election to remind it of these requirements. In addition, the Chairperson at each voting precinct will be instructed to check the accessible entrances several times during each election day. Finally, prior to each election, the Clerk's Office will place a notice in the local newspaper stating that all polling places are accessible and providing a phone number for more information. In view of the steps taken by the City to ensure that the problems that occurred during the August election will not occur in the future, we find that the City Elections Commission is presently in compliance with the requirements of title II for accessible polling places. if you are dissatisfied with our determination, you may file a private complaint in the appropriate United States District Court under title II of the ADA. You should be aware that Federal law protects your rights to file a complaint. A State or local government or recipient of Federal financial assistance may not intimidate, threaten, coerce or engage in other discriminatory conduct against anyone who has either taken action or participated in an action to secure rights protected by the ADA or section 504. If at any time you feel you are being harassed or intimidated because of your dealings with the Department of Justice, we urge you to let us know immediately. This office would investigate such a complaint if the situation warrants. Under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552, it may be necessary to release this document and related correspondence and records upon request. However, if such a request is made, we will seek to protect, to the extent provided by law, personal information which, if released, could constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy. If you have any questions concerning this letter, please feel free to call Linda King at [202] 307-2231. Sincerely,

Stewart B. Oneglia Chief Coordination and Review Section Civil Rights Division

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