In 2011, ITIF received a grant from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to help make elections more accessible for people with disabilities. ITIF worked with research teams across the country to assess the current state of accessibility in elections, identify where technology has not lived up to its potential, and build innovative solutions to meet voters’ needs.
We reviewed every part of the election process, from registering to vote to casting a ballot. Our goal was to discover innovative ideas for elections that are:
- Universal, so everyone can use the same technology
- Flexible, allowing for differences in voter needs, election procedures, and state laws
- Robust, based on best practices and able to keep up with tech