Miami-Dade Elections Department is implementing an all-out ban on restroom usage at its polling places.

The decision coming after back-and-forth emails between the county and a disability advocate group asking to ensure all polling places were accessible for disabled persons.

"The county took the position that it would institute a policy of prohibiting all voters from using all restrooms at all polling places," says Marc Dubin with the Center for Independent Living in South Florida.

Dubin says the objective of his requests were to make sure access was available at certain religious sites which double as polling places because those institutions are exempt from provision of the Americans Disabilities act.

Dubin says this was the county's explanation to him when they discussed the all-out restroom ban.

"It would not be fair to allow non-disabled voters to use a restroom if disabled voters were not able to use a restroom," he adds.

Dubin is recommending the county install portable restrooms as an alternative.

No bans have been implemented in Broward or Palm Beach.

Miami-Dade is no walk in the park when it comes to voting times. The 2012 presidential elections saw some polling stations with 4 hour wait times, and recent studies find Florida has the longest average polling wait time in the country during elections.

Calls from WIOD to the Miami-Dade Elections Department have yet to be returned.


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