Disability Rights, Texas and CCDWD 2017 - Clearinghouse Award Winner

Improving Accessibility in Elections 

In 2016, Collin County Democrats with Disabilities (CCDWD) partnered with the Collin County, Texas elections office and a coalition of nonprofit nonpartisan advocacy groups to address potential accessibility problems for voters with disabilities. This included a curbsite voting drive-by review to ensure that if a voter was physically unable to enter a polling place, they could have a ballot brought to the entrance of the polling place or to a car parked at the curbside. 

The goal of the review was for volunteers to go to early voting and Election Day voting sites and to find and fix any issues early in the day. In total, 79 (34 early voting and 45 Election Day) vote centers were reviewed by the program. Later, CCDWD met with Collin County Elections and recommended continuing the review project during the 2017 and 2018 election cycles, including disability representation on the county’s Election Board and including ADA requirements and discussions in election worker trainings.

Competition Submission (PDF)