The Franklin County Board of Elections, Columbus, Ohio has announced that it has shared its award-winning computer application with the Iowa Secretary of State’s office.
The Iowa Secretary of State’s office thanked both the Franklin County Board of Elections and Ohio Secretary of State’s office for their generosity in sharing the application with them.
The Iowa effort to improve voter accessibility with the help of the Franklin County app has been recognized as a finalist for the 2017 Ideas Award by the National Association of Secretaries of State.
The Franklin County application was such a success that it was nominated and won The Election Center 2015 Professional Practices Independence Award-Voting Accessibility Innovation.
The software app will ensure that polling places comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All of Iowa’s ninety-nine county’s will use the ADA checklist program app on computer tablets to guarantee voter accessibility.
“We are quite proud of the work that our team here at the Board of Elections has done to develop and share this software tool that is designed to improve the accessibility of our voting locations to those with physical disabilities,” said Ed Leonard, Director of the Board of Elections (BOE).
Election officials can use the app to determine if polling places have required accessibility features to be compliant with the ADA. The app provides a checklist that officials can navigate through to survey the polling places.