Accessible Voting

Every Eligible Voter, Regardless of Disability, Deserves the Opportunity to Exercise Their Right to Vote

Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948, recognized the right of each person to elect their leaders at the ballot box by means of “periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.” Despite this action, millions of citizens with visual, motor, and cognitive impairments are still unable to vote due to the limitations of traditional paper ballots and certain in-person voting systems.

Until now.

eLect® is compatible with several standard commercial off-the-shelf accessibility devices, absentee or in-person.

eLect® is compatible with several standard commercial off-the-shelf accessibility devices, absentee or in-person.

Accessible online voting options are a core and vital component of eLect® and are available to disabled and absentee voters who choose to mark their ballot in person or remotely. Our software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions allow voters with disabilities to access their ballot at a polling center or in the privacy of their own home, independently and privately—some for the very first time. To ensure that our election systems are accessible to all voters, we regularly engage individuals from disability advocacy groups to conduct usability testing and to provide feature suggestions to incorporate into our eLect® online voting solutions.

Read the Everyone Counts White Paper: 
 Increasing Accessibility to Voting with New Technology



Hardware & Software Solutions

eLect provides a higher level of accessibility to voting than paper ballots, allowing voters with disabilities to use assistive technology, including:

Low Vision

  • Magnification software

Blind

  • Screen reading software
  • Print reading hardware
  • Voice recognition software

Hearing Impairments

  • Audio/Video captioning

Motor Disabilities

  • Switch input devices (e.g. paddles and sip-and-puff)
  • Mouth sticks and head pointers
  • Touchscreen displays
  • Foot pedals
  • Right/left handed keyboards
  • Camera/head mouse

Cognitive Disabilities

  • Touchscreen displays
  • Oversized/scripted keyboards
  • Screen reading software
  • Word prediction software
 

Benefits of Everyone Counts’ Accessible Electronic Voting Options and Compatibility

Access to the Ballot

  • Ballot access on any computer, tablet, or phone
  • Use at a polling place or remotely
  • Voter can use personal assistive technology devices
  • Easy to transport and set up

Ensured Privacy

  • Voters can cast ballot without assistance
  • Voters with disabilities
  • Blind and visually impaired voters

Increased Accuracy

  • Prevents invalidation by unintended marks
  • Prevents overvotes and alerts to undervotes
  • Provides opportunity to review ballot before casting

Reduced Costs

  • Dramatically lower costs as compared to single-purpose voting machines
  • Storage and shipping expenses
  • Using familiar devices reduces training efforts required
 

To learn more about eLect®, contact us today.