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Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs

RAAV Guide to Disabilities and Voting Access Features

One of the key features of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) is the requirement that each polling place have at least one accessible voting system for persons with disabilities. With the requirement, one question posed by the Research Alliance for Accessible Voting (RAAV) is the extent to which voters with disabilities are able to use the accessible systems – are they comfortable, confident and able to use them to vote privately and independently?

Funded by a grant from the Election Assistance Commission, the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) implemented pilot demonstration projects through a number of State AT Programs to investigate how access to equipment demonstrations might impact use of accessible voting equipment.

PDF Document Icon Research Report May 2014

In addition, the project has developed a Guide to Disabilities and Voting System Access Features. This booklet is designed to assist anyone interested in or working in elections better understand the functional limitations of individuals with disabilities, how those limitations can impact voting, and what access features are available in accessible voting systems to help provide private and independent voting for individuals with disabilities.

PDF Document Icon Accessible Voting Guide in PDF

View the PowerPoint presentation from a national webinar on Assistive Technology and Access to the Vote that was conducted by ATAP, Oklahoma ABLE Tech, and the National Disability Rights Network for the RESNA Catalyst project in January 2016.

Powerpoint Document Icon Assistive Technology and Access to the Vote