Meeting Archive:
Highlights of EAC Accessible Voting Research and Development: the Impact on Elections

Meeting Description:
The EAC and the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) are hosting an Accessible Voting Technology Initiative (AVTI) webinar in June 2014. As a follow-up to the AVT webinars in January and May 2014, this webinar is intended to share the results of the AVTI research that can be used to improve elections and the voting process, and to initiate discussions on accessibility in voting. 
This webinar will focus on the importance of the AVTI research, highlight the results of this research, and present how this research can be applied to the approaching and future elections. 
Election officials are especially encouraged to attend.  Manufacturers, researchers, accessibility advocates, and the general public are also welcome to attend and participate in the discussions.  To view the archived webinar for the previous AVT webinars, visit the AVT portal at
Questions about the webinars can be sent via email To join the accessible voting technology email list, send your contact information
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.
Date: Fri, Jun 20, 2014
Time: 01:30 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Shanee Dawkins
 Presenter Information
Patrick Leahy
Senior Advisor
Election Assistance Commission

Juan Gilbert
Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Chair &
Associate Chair of Research
Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department
University of Florida

Daniel Castro
Senior Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Sharon Laskowski
Visualization and Usability Group Leader
National Institute of Standards and Technology