The D.C. Board of Elections has relocated 10 city polling places to comply with a law requiring that voting locations be accessible to the elderly and handicapped.
A survey of 137 polling locations in the District found only 11 of the sites accessible when the requirement, Public Law 98-435, went into effect in January, according to Emmett H. Fremaux Jr., the director of the elections board.
By September, however, the board expects that 86 sites will be made accessible through construction of building ramps at 39 locations, curb cuts at 46 sites and the 10 relocations, he said. The required construction work, funded from the Department of Public Works' capital improvements budget, has totaled $230,000 so far.
Most of the remaining sites will be made accessible next year. Some others can be brought into compliance by use of an alternate entrance, an election board official said.
As a result of the accessibility law, each polling place in the District is to provide parking spaces designated for the handicapped, wheelchair accessible voting booths, large-print voting instructions and magnifying glasses for persons with impaired vision.
The changes in polling places are:
14th Precinct -- To Church of the Pilgrim, 2201 P St. NW from St. Thomas Church, 1772 Church St. NW.
23rd Precinct -- To the Metropolitan Police Department Boys and Girls Club, 2500 14th St. NW from Cardozo High School, 13th and Clifton streets NW.
36th Precinct -- To Columbia Heights Village, 2900 14th St. NW from UDC Wilson Building, 11th and Harvard streets NW.
44th Precinct -- To Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family, 4250 Harewood Rd. NE from Archbishop Carroll High School, 4300 Harewood Rd. NE.
46th Precinct -- To Eugene Clark School, 7th and Webster streets NW from St. Gabriel's School, 510 Webster St. NW.
58th Precinct -- To Metropolitan Police Department, 4th District Station, 6001 Georgia Ave. NW from Paul Jr. High School, Eighth and Oglethorpe streets NW.
68th Precinct -- To Howard University facility, 1240 Randolph St. NE from Franciscan Center, 1340 Quincy St. NE.
75th Precinct -- To Penn Career Development Center, 1709 Third St. NE from McKinley High School, Second and T streets NE.
81st Precinct -- To Miner School, 601 15th St. NE from Kingsman School, 14th and E streets NE.
85th Precinct -- To Capitol Hill Hospital, 700 Constitution Ave. NE from St. James Episcopal Church, 222 Eighth St. NE.