AccessibleVotingby Design: A glimpse into tools and methods to improve civic access

Wednesday / September 23 / 12:00 PM


Elections have always been fraught with challenges for disabled voters. (Seriously, what good is an audio voting machine if the staff doesn’t know how to turn it on?) With a pandemic radically changing how we approach voting, we must confront those challenges more than ever — and have an opportunity to make big changes for the better.

How does design play a role? How can we address those barriers between citizens and civic engagement? Is mail-in voting really enough? How can we advocate for and design better systems that make democracy work better?

Join us for a discussion with Michelle Bishop to examine the systems behind the challenges and the complicated tangle of equipment, public awareness, political will, and staff training required to keep fighting for access for all.


Date & Time

Wednesday, September 23

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM




Michelle Bishop

Voter Access & Engagement Manager, National Disability Rights Network

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Michelle Bishop provides training and technical assistance to the P&A network regarding voting rights and access for voters with disabilities. Michelle also works in coalition with the civil rights community in Washington, DC to ensure strong federal policy regarding voting rights and election administration. Previously, Michelle worked as the Assistant Director of Public Policy & Advocacy at Paraquad Center for Independent Living in St. Louis, where she led their voting rights and GOTV activities for eight years.


Platform and Prerequisites

This event will be streamed via Zoom. In order to participate fully, attendees should plan to join on the Zoom app via their computer, tablet, or mobile device with enough bandwidth to support viewing video. In order to ensure only those who have registered for the event are able to attend — and to create space for intimate conversations — only those whose display name fully matches the name on our registration list will be admitted from the waiting room. You can find more about joining our virtual events, including how to connect, directions to troubleshoot, and information about our refund policy in our FAQ.

Accessibility and Accommodations

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  • Request an accommodation through this Google Form
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  • Call our Accessibility Lead, Josh Kim, by phone at 571-302-1504

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