Improving Accessibility in Elections
In 2016, the Washington Secretary of State’s office redesigned its voter information portal, MyVote, to be accessible and easy to use for voters with disabilities. They did this by working with the Statewide Disability Advisory Committee and other stakeholders to create a new and improved voter tool that is accessible to all voters across the state. MyVote gives voters information including registration details, contact information for their elected officials, an online voters’ guide, location of ballot drop boxes and voting centers, and their ballot status.
MyVote received nearly two million views after it was launched and supported a record number of online voter registrations submitted (27,601) on a single day in Washington. Most importantly, positive feedback was received from the accessibility community and there were no reported accessibility issues.