Accessible Voting in the COVID-19 Era**


Thursday, September 24, 2020
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Description

The ADA requires all aspects of the voting process to be accessible to voters with disabilities. This requires removing barriers to voting for people with disabilities, providing auxiliary aids and services, and reasonable modification of policies and procedures. This session will discuss accessibility issues related to voter registration, mail-in ballots, absentee voting, and casting a vote in-person. Communication and outreach regarding the voting process, policies, and procedures will be covered with a specific focus on accessible formats and communication methods. The session will also cover best practices for poll workers to assist voters with disabilities. Issues related to COVID-19 such as face masks and voters with disabilities will be discussed.

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
ACTCP 1.5
Certificate of Attendance 1.5

Speakers:

Julie Brinkhoff, Co-Director/PI, Great Plains ADA Center

Robin Jones, MPA, COTA/L, ROH, Director & Instructor , Great Lakes ADA Center

Questions for presenters:

1 I live in Seattle WA. I normally vote in person while reading lips and telling them my choices, due to my disability, 35 minutes from home. For the last election, the accessible voting location was primarily at a southern location, two hours from my home. I take buses. I could not get there. They did have one weekend set up at the location 35 minutes a way but I simply cant get caregiver coverage to get me ready on a weekend. Can I request an appointment at the close office, as an ADA accommodation during a weekday?
2 I may be traveling on 9/24. I would like to take this later. This that possible if I can't do it on the 24th. Glenn brown