Category: Improving Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities
Multilingual Virtual Poll Worker Program for Deaf Voters, which has assisted voters who are deaf by providing a direct iPad-based connection to American Sign Language interpreters.
During the 2019 elections, Merced County utilized their new Multilingual Virtual Poll Worker Program (MVP) to assist voters who are deaf by providing a direct iPad-based connection to American Sign Language interpreters. In an effort to make the voting process accessible and inclusive to all county voters, a planning and research effort resulted in the adoption of the new county-wide system. The convenience of using an app-based program on user-friendly iPads made the integration of the new service seamless at polling places. The MVP may also be used to provide interpreters for dozens of languages.