The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether or not Augusta County is meeting the needs of disabled voters. Monday, investigators met with the Electoral Board and county attorney while touring polling sites.
The investigators have remained tight-lipped on the nature of their investigation. While we wait for their reports to come out, NBC29 reached out to the man who filed a complaint a year ago regarding the Churchville Fire Department polling site.
Steve Morris has concerns about the way his community votes. He has letters dating back to 2011 between him and the county attorney regarding his complaints.
"They either needed to relocate it or do something, and it's no way that they can tell me that it's handicap-accessible," Morris said.
Morris says at the Churchville Fire Department, the doors open the wrong way, the ramp has no rail and that you have to leave the door propped open.
"If a guy comes up there in one of them scooters, how's he going to get into that door when it opens the wrong way? It would be impossible," Morris said.
That's what examiners are looking into, but the Augusta County Electoral Board disagrees with Morris.
"This board has made every effort to comply with the laws of the state. And again, if you're an American citizen, 18 years of age, and you're not a felon, then we'll make every effort to see that you get a chance to vote," said James Hinton, vice chair of the Electoral Board.
Hinton says he's also not exactly sure what direction the investigation will take. "We should be advised of what they were looking for, and the attitude has been extremely poor as far as I'm concerned," he said.
As the Department of Justice continues visiting precincts, Hinton says, "We do the best job we can do, and I think it's a very fair situation. And if it wasn't, I wouldn't be in it."
The investigation continues Tuesday. More details will emerge once the final report is published.
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