Accessible Voting Registration Systems Petition

Petition To Ensure Voting Accessibility to Individuals with Disabilities

What:

The purpose of this petition is to remind your election officials at all levels that independent voting is a right under the constitution in some states and just common sense to the majority. The subject of accessible election technology is a complex issue. The election process should be accessible to the widest range of voters possible.

Technology is permitting the replacement of giant binders of paper holding the records of registered voters in each polling place with computer driven accessible check-in solutions and kiosks that allow accessibility in various forms, engaging the voter directly during the check-in process, and allowing for a private and dignified experience at the polling place.

Many local and state election jurisdictions are overlooking the need to require that the poll place check-in process be accessible to people with disabilities.  As technology allows us to replace these outdated cumbersome paper poll books, which are used during the voter identity and check-in process, we want to ensure that this technology is not purchased without broad support for accessibility.

By signing this petition, I agree that I am in support of urging local, state and federal election jurisdictions to require all new election technology, including but not limited to voting and voter check in and registration systems (poll books), to be computer driven accessible check-in solutions which provide access to users with disabilities.
Why:

Signing this petition will send a clear message to your local and state governments that accessibility is not an option and that we the people require that government, in compliance with The Americans With Disabilities Act assure every voter a private, dignified, accessible voting opportunity.

If we do not speak up, our local or state government may purchase poll place check-in technology that is not accessible to you or any other voters with disabilities because inaccessible equipment is smaller and takes less storage. Without accessible check-in, all your information and choices will continue to be spoken loudly to everyone present in the poll place.  You will not be able to check in independently and privately.

Voting equipment purchases have a ten year or longer expected life. You will be denied your independence until the next purchase cycle.

The critical information for you to provide is your name so the government can find you on the voter rolls or send you a registration application and your zip code so we know which governments to make aware of your concern. If you supply your email we will use it only to update you on progress on the petition(s) you sign.

Comments are always appreciated. If they are made known to anyone they will not be associated with ANY of your personal information.

These requirements would fall under the spirit of the Help America Vote Act, the letter of The Americans With Disabilities Act and the intent of guidelines set forth for technology under section 508 of the rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended.

You Can Make a Difference:

Signing this petition will send a clear message to your local and state government that accessibility is not an option and that we the people require them, in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act, to assure every voter a private, dignified, accessible voting opportunity.

Background on This Issue:

The right to cast a private and independent ballot is every American’s sacred privilege. There is no debate whether casting a private ballot is a right, and to the majority it is only common sense. It is a duty in this free society that many see as equal to the duty that members of our military feel when they put on a uniform and stand up in battle to defend our freedom.

The advance of technology can now provide a private and independent voting opportunity to a growing population of citizens with varying abilities and limitations. This advance of technology must not stop with the act of voting itself, it must continue to advance through the rest of the election process, from voter check-in, to polling place accessibility, to casting the ballot.

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