The Election Assistance Commission, created by The Help America Vote Act (HAVA), funded the Research Alliance on Accessible Voting (RAAV). RAAV includes the:
- Election Center (National Association of Election Officials)
- Clemson, Rutgers, and Carnegie Mellon Universities
- Center for Accessible Information
- Tennessee Disability Coalition
- ATAP (Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs)
- Election Data Services
RAAV is conducting accessible voting workshop seminars in Seattle (March 7), Washington, DC at Dulles Airport (March 18), and Minneapolis (April 10) for election officials prepare for the 2014 elections. For details on how to participate, visit the Election Center website.
The Commission on Election Administration, created by Executive Order in March 2013 to identify best practices and recommend improvements in the voting experience, met with a panel of disability advocates. The National Council on Disability convened the group to provide input to Commissioners about the experiences of people with disabilities in the voting process. Advocates pointed to numerous improvements that have been made since the passage of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) in 2002 but also stressed that barriers remain. Ongoing problems that the advocates highlighted included guardianship status, long waiting lines, poorly trained poll workers, inaccessibility, and the presumption that individuals with intellectual disabilities are not competent to vote. The Commissioners are interested in learning about any jurisdictions in which the voting experience for people with I/DD works well. The public can provide input to the Commission through its website: www.supportthevoter.gov.