Lafayette Parish works to accommodate early voters who have a disability

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The Lafayette Parish Registrar of Voters Office opened to early voters on Tuesday.  The office is located downtown in a building that has a few challenges in terms of accessibility for those with a disability.

“We had maybe two handicap voters; but not coming to this desk, says Menard.

Registrar of Voters Charlene Menard says current election laws allows for voters with special needs to be moved to the front of the line. Menard says Lafayette Parish has set-up a designated area.

“We have it set-up to where we can have our voters come in here; help them and hurry up to assist them to vote so that they can go home,” adds Menard

Menard says Tax Assessor Conrad Comeaux went before the city-parish council about two months ago.  She says he made commitment to fund fixing the parking lot and sidewalk for better access.

 “Fix the front of the building and the cement parking,” explains Menard.

Early voter Mike Grace of Lafayette appreciates the designated voting area.  At one time, standing for a long period of time was a problem for him.

“I have had two hip replacements but thank God for a good physician; I’m able to do what I have to do,” states Grace.

Menard says the goal is to improve the parking lot at least by early voting for the December election.

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