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Federal officials settle with Augusta County over disability access issues at polls


STAUNTON, Virginia — The U.S. Department of Justice says Augusta County's polling places will be made more accessible to voters with disabilities under an agreement reached with county officials.

Federal officials said Wednesday that the agreement will resolve claims that that the county violated the American Disabilities Act because many of its polling places are inaccessible to voters who use a wheel chair, are blind or visually impaired.

Under the agreement, the department says officials will make permanent changes at the Augusta County Government Center. On Election Day, the county will implement temporary changes to many of its polling places to ensure people with disabilities can vote.

The changes will be implemented before the March 2016 elections. The agreement must be approved by the court.

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