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Barriers still keep disabled voters from polls

Posted: Nov. 2, 2017 | Tags: elections, Federal Election Commission, GAO, Justice Department

Nearly 28 years since the passing of the American’s with Disabilities Act, some polling places and voting systems still are not accessible.

The Government Accountability Office released a report today based on its review of polling places and stations in the 2016 election.

It gathered data for 178 polling places and found that 60 percent had barriers, including “steep ramps located outside buildings, lack of signs indicating accessible paths, and poor parking or path surfaces.”

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 required, among other things, that polling places be accessible and have at least one accessible voting machine ...

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Seven cabinet departments late filing FOIA reports

Posted: Feb. 13, 2012 | Tags: FOIA, Freedom of Information, Justice Department

Well, it’s time to see how federal agencies are doing in terms of filing their annual Freedom of Information Act reports. The reports, covering activity for the fiscal year that ended last Sept. 30, are supposed to be finished by Feb. 1.

Agencies apparently treat that deadline as seriously as they treat other FOIA deadlines, which is to say, not very. By yesterday afternoon, only eight of 15 Cabinet-level agencies had posted their reports online.

The reports show such things as how many requests the agency received, how many it processed, how the backlog changed, how many requests were ...

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The Supreme Court giveth, the Justice Department taketh away

Posted: May 12, 2011 | Tags: Exemption 2, Exemption 3, Exemption 4, Exemption 6, Exemption 7, FOIA, Freedom of Information, Justice Department, Supreme Court

In March the Supreme Court rather bluntly told federal agencies and lower courts that they had been misinterpreting an exemption to the Freedom of Information Act for 30 years. Actually, the court could have said, in so many words, that folks should learn to read before they start saying what a law means.

The case involved a Washington man’s request for information about the blast radius of explosives stored on an island in Puget Sound. The Navy denied the request on grounds that the information could be withheld because of Exemption 2, which was designed, originally, to protect records ...

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Barriers still keep disabled voters from polls

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