Meeting Archive:
Accessible Voting: People & Technology

Meeting Description:
The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) are pleased to announce two Accessible Voting Technology Initiative (AVTI) webinars to be held 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. Each webinar will feature engaging speakers who are researchers under the AVTI grant. Election officials, manufacturers, researchers, accessibility advocates, and the general public are encouraged to attend.

The first webinar focused on piloting AVTI technology. More specifically, how technological research has been used in actual election environments, what it takes to conduct these pilots, and the benefits and drawbacks of doing so. An archive of this webinar will be available online soon.

The second webinar will be held Thursday, January 23rd, from 10:00 – 11:30 AM, and will look at piloting AVTI solutions related to election personnel.
This webinar will consist of research on poll worker training and research on informing voters of aspects of the election process and other accessibility information. (Registration for this webinar is coming soon.) Speakers for this webinar are:

  • Amanda Beals, Paraquad, Inc. 
  • Brad Fain, Georgia Tech Research Institute 
  • Karen Milchus, CATEA, Georgia Institute of Technology 
Background: In 2010, the EAC awarded two grants under AVTI to Clemson University and Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) to improve voting accessibility for all citizens through research and development. For more information about the AVTI grant, visit the EAC's website at
Date: Thu, Jan 23, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM EST
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Shanee Dawkins