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Thursday, January 23, 2014

NIST Accessible Voting Tech Webinars (Jan 23)

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

EAC/NIST Sponsored Webinar Series: "Piloting Accessible Voting Technology in the Field" and “Accessible Voting: People & Technology”

EAC and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are hosting two Accessible Voting Technology Initiative (AVTI) webinars in January 2014. The goal of these webinars is to share the results of the AVTI research that can be used to improve elections and the voting process. Election officials, manufacturers, researchers, accessibility advocates, and the general public are encouraged to attend.  You can view more information about the webinars on the NIST/EAC AVT portal at http://www.nist.gov/itl/vote/accessiblevoting/events.cfm.

The first webinar, "Piloting Accessible Voting Technology in the Field", was held Friday, January 10th, from 1:00 – 2:30 PM, and focused  on piloting AVTI technology. The recording and text transcript of this webinar are now available at http://www.nist.gov/itl/vote/accessiblevoting/events.cfm.

The second webinar, "Accessible Voting: People & Technology", will be held Thursday, January 23rd, from 10:00 – 11:30 AM eastern time, and will look at piloting AVTI solutions related to election personnel. To register for the January 23 webinar, visit https://cc.readytalk.com/r/xgqnem8ctwvo&eom

Questions about the webinars can be sent via email to avtvote@nist.gov..

BACKGROUND: In FY 2009 and FY 2010, Congress provided funds to the EAC to develop a research program to continue to support accessible voting technology. In September 2010, EAC awarded a $500,000 grant for the Military Heroes Initiative to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). Read more about it here. In 2011, EAC awarded $7,000,000 to support research on technologies and approaches to meet the challenge of making voting accessible for all eligible voters. Grants were awarded to ITIF and Clemson University. ITIF funded numerous projects to improve accessible election technology. The Election Center, on behalf of Clemson University, conducted four RAAV training sessions in 2012 to receive input on the issue of voting accessibility. For more information, see the 2010 Accessible Voting Technology Initiative.




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