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DRAZ Files Complaints after Mohave County Fails to Accommodate Voter

Voting Rights
for Immediate Release

Mohave County Fails to Accommodate Voter on Election Day. DRAZ Files Complaints with Arizona Secretary of State, Arizona Attorney General’s Office, and U.S. Department of Justice.

Disability Rights Arizona (DRAZ), formerly Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) filed multiple complaints against Mohave County, Arizona, on behalf of Michael Lipshultz, a resident of Bullhead City and a person with a disability, for the County’s alleged failure to accommodate him at his polling place on Election Day last November.

When Mr. Lipshultz arrived at his polling place on the morning of Election Day, November 8, 2016, a long voting line had already formed. Mr. Lipshultz informed the poll worker that he had a disability and would be unable to stand in a long line, or sit in the metal chair offered, for an extended period. The poll worker offered Mr. Lipshultz curbside voting, but when he brought his car to the designated location, no one from the polling site came out to provide Mr. Lipshultz with a ballot. Mr. Lipshultz waited, and repeatedly called the Mohave County Elections Department to seek their assistance, but ultimately had to leave his polling site after approximately 40-45 minutes without casting his vote.

Specifically, the DRAZ filed the following voting rights complaints:

  1. Help America Vote Act, filed with the Arizona Secretary of State;
  2. Arizona Civil Rights Act, filed with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office;
  3. Americans with Disabilities Act, filed with the United States Department of Justice. In general, the complaints state that Mohave County utilized inaccessible voting practices and failed to accommodate Mr. Lipshultz, leading to his exclusion from the voting process and disenfranchisement on Election Day.

Mr. Lipshultz has come forward publicly in the hopes that any other voters that believe they were wrongfully denied access to voting will also come forward and a make their cases known. The DRAZ wishes for voters with disabilities to be aware of the options available to enforce their rights if they are denied equal voting opportunities in an election. The three laws under which DRAZ has filed complaints for Mr. Lipshultz, the Help America Vote Act, the Arizona Civil Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, all contain voting rights protections that can be enforced without filing a lawsuit.


Over 30 years, DRAZ has worked to advance the rights of Arizonans with disabilities to promote and protect their legal rights to independence, justice, and equality.

At DRAZ, our vision is clear: to help people with disabilities understand and exercise their rights under the law, ensure their full and equal rights, and to also be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay and do their best work serving our clients. We envision a society where all people with disabilities enjoy full acceptance without barriers.