Event – Innovations in Elections: Making Voting 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.

Join ITIF for a discussion of new technologies, practices, and policies that can help make elections more accessible for everyone.  This event will showcase technology developed as part of the ITIF Accessible Voting Technology Initiative funded by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

First Amendment Room at the National Press Club
529 14th St NW (13th Floor Ballroom)
Washington, DC 20045


ITIF released the report “Innovations for Accessible Elections” at this event. The report is available for download as HTML or a printable PDF.



  • Mark A. Riccobono, Executive Director, Jernigan Institute, National Federation of the Blind (prepared remarks)

Panel 1

  • Andrew Baranak, Industrial Designer & Research Scientist, Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Stephen Blosser, Assistive Technology Specialist, Michigan State University
  • Daniel Castro, Senior Analyst, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
  • Shaun Kane, Assistant Professor, Department of Information Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Tina Lee, Researcher, Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access

Panel 2

  • Daniel Castro, Senior Analyst, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
  • Frances Harris, Research Scientist, Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access
  • Sharon Laskowski, Computer Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Whitney Quesenbery, Co-Director, Center for Civic Design
  • Kathryn Summers, Associate Professor, University of Baltimore