Making Voting More Accessible for Veterans with Disabilities

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Russell Senate Office Building
Constitution Avenue and 1st Street NE Room 188
Washington, DC 20001
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More than 40,000 American military personnel have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many of these Americans are undergoing lengthy recovery and rehabilitation treatments at hospitals far from home. Many barriers exist that may prevent these Americans from registering and voting in elections. Fortunately, if done right, technology can facilitate voting for these Americans and others who face barriers to participating in the electoral process. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) will open the discussion, followed by a presentation from ITIF, and its research partners, as we share the conclusions from a series of studies that investigated how to improve voting accessibility for disabled service members, ending with conculding remarks from Rep. Ron Barber (D-AZ). We will outline the scope of the problem and lay out a number of technical and policy recommendations to make voting more accessible for these servicemen and women who have been injured while serving their country.

This work has been supported by a grant from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC).

Panelists: 
Johnny Isakson
United States Senator
Georgia
Presenter
Ron Barber
U.S. Representative
Arizona
Presenter
Daniel Castro
Vice President
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Moderator
Brad Fain
Technical Director
Expeditionary Medical Facility Human Systems Integration
Presenter
Carol Paquette
Board Secretary
Operation BRAVO Foundation
Presenter