New Rule Prohibits Voters In Miami-Dade County From Using The Restroom, No Matter How Long The Line

Source:  Nicole Flatow / Think Progress

During the 2012 presidential election, voters reportedly waited on line for upwards of six hours. That wait alone is enough to deter would-be voters from going to the polls. But now residents in Florida’s most populous county will have another disincentive: they won’t be able to go to the bathroom.

Earlier this year, the Miami-Dade County Elections Department quietly implemented a policy to close the bathrooms at all polling facilities, according to disability rights lawyer Marc Dubin. Dubin said the policy change was in “direct response” to an inquiry to the Elections Department about whether they had assessed accessibility of polling place bathrooms to those with disabilities.

“I was expecting them to say either yes we have or yes we will,” Dubin said.

Instead, he received a written response announcing that the county would close all restrooms at polling places “to ensure that individuals with disabilities are not treated unfairly,” a January email stated. “[T]he Department’s policy is not to permit access to restrooms at polling sites on election days,” Assistant County Attorney Shanika Graves said in a Feb. 14 email. Elections Department officials did not immediately respond to ThinkProgress inquiries.

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  • And remember folks this is the Party that when it is in front of the mic and camera spout the words Freedom and country..and being about the people… but sadly to many..this doesn’t matter

    • disqus_I44fAYk6Gc

      Not going stop the nuts from voting for rich nuts.

  • YolandaRThomas1

    FL always leads with stupidity. State & City get ready to be bombarded with lawsuits. They can’t close bathrooms in public buildings.

    • John O’Neill

      Sure they can.

  • Sieben713

    This goes beyond STUPIDITY, sue them and the Governor