American Council of The Blind – Voter Verification Systems Resolution 2018

American Council of The Blind
Voter Verification Systems
Resolution 2018-03

Whereas, the Help America Vote Act and Title 2 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as well as other federal and state laws, guarantee the right of all Americans with disabilities to vote privately and independently; and
Whereas, these laws, taken together, require the entire voting experience to be accessible to persons with disabilities, including those who are blind or have low vision; and
Whereas, the American Council of the Blind (ACB) has been at the forefront of advocacy ensuring that this right is implemented for every person in America with a vision impairment; and
Whereas, areas in which voting rights advocacy by the ACB have occurred include accessible voting machines, accessible voting registration platforms, online ballot platforms, and access to sample ballots; and
Whereas, voter verification, the process by which a voter is deemed eligible or ineligible to vote, remains largely inaccessible to persons who are blind or have low vision; and
Whereas, now that jurisdictions are considering switching from hard-copy voting rolls to electronic poll books as the preferred method for maintaining the information for voter verification; and
Whereas, the technology exists to make this information, through an interactive platform, available to persons with vision loss; and
Whereas, at least one company has already designed a poll book kiosk that allows voters who are blind or have low vision to access not only information about the election in general, but also address and related information on file with election officials which will ultimately allow voters to communicate with the jurisdiction to alter any incorrect information that may impact their right to cast a ballot;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 4th of July, 2018, at the Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Mo., that this organization take all steps necessary, beginning with advocacy with the Federal Election Assistance Commission and the National Association of Secretaries of State, for the recognition that electronic polling books or voter verification systems should be accessible to persons who are blind or have low vision and for the adoption of a requirement that every jurisdiction must implement an accessible voter verification system.

Adopted.

Ray Campbell, Secretary