News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Election 2008

November 3, 2008

Accessibility issue causes problem at satellite location for disabled voter

TERRE HAUTE — “Handicapped accessible” may mean wheelchair ramps and doors designed to open at the push of a button, but when it comes to voting at a satellite location in Vigo County, accessibility is in dispute.

Disabled voters have found that because of confusion regarding a state law, satellite voting is not for everyone.

Those who are disabled and need assistance to vote have been turned away from voting at the four satellite locations in Vigo County.

Jay Chickadaunce, 38, of Terre Haute was turned away Monday morning after waiting two hours in line to vote at the Southland Shopping Center satellite location.

Vigo County election officials believe that the law that allows a disabled voter to vote with a helper does not apply to satellite voting sites.

Chickadaunce’s mother, Dianna Williams, was visibly upset Monday afternoon as she helped her son out of the family’s van in their driveway on the city’s east side.

“We went to vote because we’re leaving town — we just decided to leave a couple of days ago,” she said. “And we waited two hours to vote and I get up there and the lady says you can’t go in there to help him vote, and I said, I’m his accommodation, and she said, well, no, not according to the law.”

Williams said the poll worker then made a call to the county clerk’s office, and while on the phone, Williams said, the worker described Chickadaunce as “a person in a wheelchair who probably has muscular dystrophy.”

Williams said she became very angry.

“That has nothing to do with him voting,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what his disability is.”

She added that she has been Chickadaunce’s helper since he began voting at age 21.

Chickadaunce will not get an opportunity to vote now, Williams said, for the first time in 17 years.

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