Commitment to accessible voting lands Kitsap
County Elections national award
(Port Orchard, WA) -
County Elections received the 2014 Independence Award from the Elections
Center today for its innovative accessible voting programs.
nationally, Kitsap County provides numerous accessible voting options for
voters with disabilities including an accessible online voters’ guide and
ballot delivery system, and early accessible voting at locations throughout
Kitsap’s reputation as a leader in accessible voting
is a direct result of its commitment to collaborating with the Voter Access
Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of a diverse group of
accessibility advocates, community leaders, and elected officials. Members
include the current president of the Washington Council of the Blind, Cindy
Van Winkle, who was named an Outstanding County Volunteer by Kitsap County
Commissioners earlier this year.
mission of this office is to ensure our services are available and
accessible to all citizens, regardless of disability. The working
relationship we have with the Voter Access Committee optimizes this
commitment,” said Kitsap County Auditor Walter E. Washington.
from the committee has resulted in numerous improvements such as expanding
early accessible voting to branches of Olympic College and Kitsap Regional
Library, and the installation of Braille signage on ballot drop boxes
throughout the county. Kitsap County Elections also regularly collaborates
with the committee on newsletter articles, guest editorials and public
speaking engagements promoting accessible voting.
“It is such a tremendous honor to receive this award and
a testament to the commitment of our committee members who receive no
compensation for their service,” said Kitsap County Elections Manager
Kitsap County led a coalition of 16 Washington
counties receiving a $750,000 federal grant to implement accessible online
ballot delivery systems. Gilmore is on the National Federation of the Blind
Mobile Voting Work Group promoting the implementation of accessible online
ballot delivery systems like the one used in Kitsap County.
Each year the Election Center accepts professional practice papers from
jurisdictions across the county. They give awards in seven categories
including the Independence Award, which is a new category this year. This is
the 30th year of the Professional Practices Program. To learn more about the
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