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An U.S. Election Assistance Commission blog written by EAC Senior Advisor Patrick Leahy about the importance of accessibility for Veterans and Voters with Disabilities.

  • EAC at the NCIL 2019 Conference. Photo of Christy McCormick and Ben Hovland speaking to attendees from stage.

    A Dialogue with Leaders in the Disability Community on Voting Accessibility and Security

    Jul 24, 2019
    Just days ahead of the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the EAC’s four Commissioners met with members of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) for a pre-conference session on accessibility and security in the voting process. Commissioners also heard from attendees about a variety of other election access needs for voters with disabilities.
  • Making Elections More Accessible Through Poll Worker Training

    Jul 25, 2018
    As the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) continues our July focus on innovative programs for voters with disabilities and those with access needs, we caught up with Joseph Canciamilla, Clerk, Recorder and Registrar, Contra Costa County, California and his team about their specialized polling place training effort.
  • Partnering to Empower Voters with Disabilities

    Jul 09, 2018
    The El Paso County Elections Department collaborates with the local Independence Center for Southern Colorado to offer a universally accessible polling place for voters with and without access needs. A recipient of a 2017 EAC Clearie award for Improving Accessibility in Elections, the El Paso County initiative is an outstanding example of the power of people coming together to help voters with disabilities and poll workers.
  • Engaging Voters with Disabilities on Access and Independence

    Jun 26, 2018
    Last week, U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Chairman Thomas Hicks and Vice Chair Christy McCormick conducted a town hall discussion with voters with disabilities and advocates from across America during the annual conference of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Georgia’s Secretary of State: Front-line Leadership in Helping Veterans Vote

    Nov 30, 2017
    As the EAC wraps up our observance of National Veterans and Military Families Month, we spoke to Marine Corps Reserve Capt. Matt Mallalieu, Military Liaison for Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, about Secretary Kemp’s commitment to helping active duty service members and veterans across the Peach State.
  • Talking With a Leader in the Veterans Community

    Nov 21, 2017
    The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is paying tribute to the nation's veterans and active duty service members throughout National Veterans and Military Families Month by highlighting key voting accessibility resources. In particular, veterans with visible and invisible disabilities can face considerable challenges when they go to cast a ballot. The EAC is focused on improving this voting process for our nation’s heroes by highlighting best practices and success stories from across America.
  • Crunching the Numbers to Help Voters with Disabilities and Election Officials

    Aug 02, 2017
    As the EAC wraps up our July series on the recognition of innovations in election accessibility, we caught up with Professors Lisa Schur and Douglas Kruse of Rutgers University. They recently issued a report entitled, “Disability and Turnout in the 2016 Election.” As in their past reports, the findings are invaluable additions of ways to improve the voting process for people with disabilities.
  • Listening to Voters with Disabilities

    Feb 08, 2017
    Today, I would like to share a voting story we received from Sharon. As you will read below, although Sharon was eventually able to cast her ballot, she went to great lengths to make it happen. No one should have to face the difficulties that Sharon did to exercise their right to vote.
  • We Want to Hear From Voters With Disabilities

    Dec 12, 2016
    On Election Day, the EAC heard from voters with disabilities who faced negative experiences with the voting process, assistance at the polls, and physical access issues at their polling place. This is unacceptable in our great nation where the laws seek to provide access to all. We must do better.
  • We Want to Hear From Voters With Disabilities

    Dec 06, 2016
    The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) wants to hear from voters with disabilities about their stories on Election Day. Please email us at: Send us the good or the bad: we would like your feedback.