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El Paso Colorado 2017 Clearinghouse Award Winner

Friday, March 11, 2022

Improving Accessibility in Elections 

In 2016, the elections department partnered with the Independence Center – a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting independent living for the disabled community in the county – to improve voting accessibility. This included:

  • Hosting an open house for the community to practice on accessible voting machines prior to the 2016 Presidential Election.
  • Coordinating with the Independence Center to provide disability etiquette training to over 200 election judges for the 2016 Primary and the Presidential Election.
  • Using the Independence Center as a voter service and polling center (VSPC) during the 2016 Presidential Election, which provided those with disabilities the opportunity to register and vote in a “highly accessible” center. The center had ASL interpreters on hand, and is also outfitted with several architectural features that facilitate better mobility for a range of disabilities.

Over 450 individuals voted at the Independence Center during the Presidential Election.

Competition Submission (PDF)