DES MOINES, Iowa (KCAU) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is incomes nationwide recognition for serving to enhance accessibility for Iowans with disabilities.
In response to a launch from the Workplace of the Iowa Secretary of State, Pate obtained the 2020 Clearie Award for Enhancing Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities.
Secretary Pate partnered with Incapacity Rights Iowa to create the Voting Accessibility Fast Verify booklet for each polling place within the state forward of the 2020 basic election. The booklet is a software for precinct election officers to make use of to make sure polling locations meet American Disabilities Act (ADA) necessities and to shortly acknowledge and repair any accessibility points which will come up on Election Day.
“We’re continually methods to enhance accessibility for Iowans with disabilities. This booklet is one other necessary step within the ongoing course of,” Secretary Pate stated. “The important thing to making sure polling locations are accessible is offering ballot employees with the instruments in a format that’s straightforward to observe. We achieved that goal with the Fast Verify Information.”
The booklet contains details about accessible voting tools, spacing, signage, and can be utilized as a measuring software. The panels within the easy-fold information present the mandatory measurements for inside and outside the polling place.
“This yr we’re happy to obtain a record-breaking variety of 137 Clearie submissions, greater than tripling the 2019 submissions,” stated EAC Chairman Donald Palmer. “The variety of Clearie submissions highlights that though this was a difficult election yr, officers proceed to modernize and develop programming that can function useful greatest practices for the approaching years. The job of an election official isn’t executed.”
A latest EAC research exhibits election officers made nice progress serving voters with disabilities in 2020 and guaranteeing they might forged a non-public and impartial poll.
Secretary Pate obtained the 2018 Clearie Award from the EAC for his Serving to Veterans and Iowans with Disabilities Vote initiative.
“We’re thrilled that our work to enhance election accessibility in Iowa with the Secretary of State’s workplace has been acknowledged the EAC. We hope that our Fast Verify booklet can be utilized different states to enhance election accessibility for extra voters with disabilities,” stated Annie Matte, communications and voting outreach coordinator with Incapacity Rights Iowa.
All Iowa polling locations are inspected for basic ADA compliance. The Voter Accessibility Fast Verify booklet is an extra useful resource for precinct election officers to have readily available to make sure the polling place stays accessible all through Election Day.