Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access

Project Sponsor: Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access

Problem: Poll workers who lack sensitivity and preparedness for interacting with voters with disabilities negatively impact the experience of voters with disabilities and poses a barrier to voting privately and independently.

Proposed Solution: This project will create a free, nationally-distributed online course to train poll workers how to interact with voters with disabilities. The course will include videos and scenarios to illustrate real world solutions to everyday voting problems of both voters and poll workers.

The training topics and scenarios will be based on interviews with both voters and poll workers, training managers and other officials, to ensure that the training addresses practical real-world issues.

This project continues work begun in the first year of the ITIF Accessible Voting Technology Initiative with ethnographic observation and interviews with voters with disabilities that revealed many barriers that can be addressed through better-trained poll workers.

Who does it help? This project will benefit many of the 33 million adults with a disability as they interact with poll workers in each election. It will also benefit poll workers by preparing them to interact with voters with disabilities.