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Accessible Voting Project

Contact: Kurt Johnson,

Core Function: Technical Assistance and Outreach Training

UW staff will participate in a consortium lead by The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) to identify and develop technological and administrative solutions to help ensure all citizens can vote privately and independently as required by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002. The ITIF proposes a holistic view to the challenge of increasing accessibility for voters with disabilities, taking into consideration social and environmental requirements along with the technological requirements. This approach has been called "design thinking."

The ITIF consortium brings together partners with expertise in design, technology, usability, accessibility, and elections. The project is organized into three phases: Defining the problem, Designing the solution, and Looking to the future. The consortium will first research the barriers to participation; survey current election management practices; evaluate current systems; identify innovative assistive technologies; and gather other requirements from working directly with people with disabilities and advocacy organizations. After the research is complete, targeted sub-grants will be issued to develop promising concepts into full prototypes.

University of Washington • Center on Human Development and Disability Box 357920 • Seattle WA 98195-7920 USA • 206-543-7701 •

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