Grant Opportunity: National Federation of the Blind Seeks Election Jurisdictions to Pilot Remote Accessible Vote-By-Mail Technology

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Grant Opportunity: National Federation of the Blind Seeks Election Jurisdictions to Pilot Remote Accessible Vote-By-Mail Technology

Improve the Voting Process for Voters with Disabilities and UOCAVA Voters

Baltimore, Maryland (July 27, 2022): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is making grant funding available to election jurisdictions to pilot the use of accessible and secure mobile voting as a means for ballot delivery and return for voters with disabilities and military and overseas (UOCAVA) voters in the November 8, 2022 election. This mobile technology will expand opportunities for voters with disabilities, enabling them to vote privately and independently from anywhere and provide the same voting experience that voters without disabilities enjoy. 

Election jurisdictions are invited to apply for grant funding, which will be made available only to jurisdictions that agree to use technology that has undergone a rigorous security and accessibility evaluation.

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The NFB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1940 and is the transformative membership and advocacy organization of blind people. With affiliates in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and more than 700 local chapters, the NFB helps blind people obtain full and equal participation in society by, among other things, upholding a positive philosophy around blindness and high expectations for blind people. The NFB works to ensure that current and future technology is accessible to the blind, fight discrimination against the blind, provide innovative programming for youth and adults, and educate the public about blindness. 

The NFB is looking to partner with election jurisdictions that are interested in exploring accessible vote-by-mail technologies and have the policy framework in place to permit voters to return a ballot electronically, with a focus on voters with disabilities, and UOCAVA voters. The funding available from the NFB will enable election jurisdictions to partner with a provider of accessible and secure mobile and cloud-based voting technologies (Mobile Voting Vendor) in the November 8, 2022 election.

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A jurisdiction awarded funds to pilot this program will partner with a Mobile Voting Vendor of its choice selected from a list of pre-approved vendors to implement a mobile electronic voting option for the November election. The Mobile Voting Vendor will be available to assist awardees in training on the use of the mobile voting platform, as well as to provide in-person and/or remote voting assistance. It is anticipated that the awardee will look for opportunities to host additional socially distanced voter support events around the county to expand access to the electronic voting platform.

If your jurisdiction is interested in exploring the efficacy of a remote, electronic balloting system accessible to all voters, our grant application can be obtained from:

Completed Grant Applications are Due August 15, 2022
 

CONTACT
Lou Ann Blake
Director of Research Programs
National Federation of the Blind
410-659-9314, extension 2221