Innovations in Elections: Making Voting Accessible for Everyone

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 -
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
First Amendment Room at the National Press Club
529 14th St NW 13th Floor Ballroom
Washington, DC 20045
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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.

Daniel Castro
Vice President
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Andrew Baranak
Industrial Designer & Research Scientist
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Stephen Blosser
Assistive Technology Specialist
Michigan State University
Frances Harris, PhD
Research Scientist
Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access
Shaun Kane
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Sharon Laskowski
Computer Scientist
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Tina Lee
Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access
Whitney Quesenbery
Center for Civic Design
Mark A. Riccobono
Executive Director, Jernigan Institute
National Federation of the Blind
Kathryn Summers
Associate Professor
University of Baltimore