Idahoans Gather at Capitol This Friday to Celebrate ADA's 25th 

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Five years ago, more than 1,000 Idahoans joined hands in a circle around the Statehouse to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On Friday, July 17, they will return for a similar gathering in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Act.

“It’s a good day,” said Hands Around the Capitol organizer Jim Mairs. “There’s a very diverse crowd.”

The event will start at 11 a.m. with opening ceremonies in Capitol Park, and will include food trucks and vendors with programs for people with disabilities.

Among those programs will be a demonstration of voting devices intended to improve accessibility at the polls for those who may have difficulty seeing or marking their ballots.

Mairs, who works for the Idaho secretary of state as coordinator of the Help America Vote Act, said five vendors that specialize in ADA-compliant voting devices will be on hand on the second floor of the Capitol Rotunda.  

“You never see five vendors in the same place,” he said. “This is a very exciting thing.”

There are about 1,000 polling places in Idaho, each equipped with accessible voting devices that must be approved by the secretary of state.

The demonstrations—set to take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.— will offer attendees the opportunity to test the newest technology and provide feedback.

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