On March 27, 2018, Disability Rights California invited members of the VSAP and the RR/CC’s Outreach Teams to participate in a Peer Self-Advocacy Skills event at Easterseals, an adult day care center for adults with developmental disabilities in Norwalk, CA.
The event was focused on how to navigate the voting process in Los Angeles County. The VSAP Team provided an overview of the changes to the new future voting experience, which included a demonstration of the Ballot Marking Device (BMD), while the Outreach Team was on hand to offer participants an opportunity to register to vote.
Overall, there were 25 participants in attendance and 7 volunteers interacted with the device, each with their own customized simulated voting experience. One volunteer voted using the Spanish language interface, while another volunteer was able to increase the font size on the screen. The last volunteer, who had limited use of her hands, successfully completed the entire voting experience using her just foot on the touchscreen!
This experience served as a reminder of why we are committed to designing and implementing a modern voting system that is easy and accessible for all people across Los Angeles County.