National Federation of The Blind – Poll Book Resolution 2018

National Federation of The Blind
Regarding the Accessibility of Pollbooks
Resolution 2018-XX
Proponent: Stephen Handschu

WHEREAS, universal suffrage, the hard won right of every citizen to vote freely and secretly, is the bedrock upon which our democracy functions; and

WHEREAS, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that voters with disabilities be provided the opportunity to exercise the right to vote that is equal to the opportunity provided voters without disabilities; and

WHEREAS, great progress has been made in the development and use of accessible voting machines that allow blind voters to cast their ballots; and

WHEREAS, the voter pollbooks, the official registers of voters deemed eligible to vote, remain inaccessible to us, a clear violation of the spirit of the ADA; and

WHEREAS, to confirm or verify an individual’s voting status, an individual must have access to the pollbook for their voting area; and

WHEREAS, the VOTEC Corporation is leading the industry in developing the first fully accessible election pollbook; and

WHEREAS, if state and local boards of elections have electronic pollbooks, they should install accessible pollbooks as required under the ADA: Now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind in Convention assembled this seventh day of July, 2018, in the City of Orlando, Florida, that this organization demand all election jurisdictions who plan to use or are already using electronic pollbooks to purchase accessible election pollbooks as soon as they become available; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization commend the VOTEC Corporation for its leadership in developing an accessible pollbook system; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization urge other manufacturers of voting technology to follow the leadership of the VOTEC Corporation in implementing nonvisually accessible pollbooks.