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Innovations in Elections: Making Voting Accessible for Everyone

May 14, 2014
ITIF hosted a discussion of new technologies, practices, and policies that can help make elections more accessible for everyone.

Voting is an important activity for citizens in any democracy, but when elections are not accessible for people with disabilities, as many as 20 percent of potential U.S. voters—47 million individuals—face barriers to voting. While elections are more accessible today than in years past, more progress is needed. Advances in technology have created new opportunities for innovation in elections. In addition, many of the voting systems adopted after the Help America Vote Act are coming to the end of their useful lifecycles and will soon need to be replaced, creating a new opportunity to invest in innovative, accessible voting technology.