2020 Elections Disability, Accessibility and Security Forum
As the 2020 elections rapidly approach, the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) designed a forum to address growing concerns regarding accessibility and security. This all-day forum brought together state and local election officials, people with disabilities, disability advocates, and election security experts to discuss issues and advance solutions. The collaborative workshops and EAC’s efforts assisted election officials serving voters with disabilities in the 2020 elections and beyond.
Moderated by Doug Chapin, Director of the Certificate in Election Administration program at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the workshops identified major challenges and opportunities with respect to accessibility and security in election administration. Topics for workshop discussions included the 2020 elections and voters with disabilities, ballot-marking devices, proven best practices in voting accessibility, vote-by-mail, paper ballots, cutting-edge assistive voting technology, and polling place access. The EAC is committed to upholding the voting rights of people with disabilities established under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) amidst growing security needs. This FREE event took place at the Westin Georgetown, Washington, DC and was open to the public.