Martin County, FL - 2018 Clearinghouse Award Winner
Improving Accessibility for Voters With Disabilities
For “Count Me in Too,” a series of educational videos which helped increase voter registration and turnout among voters who indicated they had special needs by 8percent during the 2016 Presidential Elections.
While preparing for the 2016 elections, the Martin County Elections Center discovered the county had limited resources for voters who were deaf and hard of hearing. Following outreach to voters in the disability community, the office uncovered an additional need for engaging individuals with developmental disabilities. The Elections Center fostered partnerships across both communities and created “Count Me in Too,” a series of educational videos aimed at helping these individuals exercise their right to vote. The videos aired on local television and were posted on the Martin County Election Center’s website. During the 2016 Presidential Elections, voter registration and turnout among voters who indicated they had special needs increased by 8 percent. The same educational materials were also used during the 2018 Federal Elections.