September 13, 2012, Paralyzed Veterans of America staff participated in the Election Assistance Commission roundtable entitled "Best Practices for Veterans Voting: Examining Election Operations, Procedures, and Accessibility."
The roundtable was a discussion of existing challenges, emerging innovations, and best practices used by veterans when voting. Questions arose about voting process information provided by veterans service organizations, particularly to veterans who are blind or have limited vision, who use prosthetics or orthotics, or have brain injury or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Also discussed were veterans demographics, including services/benefits needed.
Panelists representing states or local election jurisdictions shared their best practices in accommodating veterans. Oregon provides an iPad or similar portable tablets to assist in registration and casting the ballot.
Panels discussed the requirements of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act of 2010 and the Military Overseas Voter Empowerment Act of 2009, both of which measure success rates of transmitting ballots via internet and the ability of military and overseas citizens to successfully cast a ballot. EAC finds that 93.2% of ballots submitted by these voters were counted by the states. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has not yet developed standards for internet voting, citing security reasons, even though it is the most accessible way to for people with disabilities to vote.
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