In conjunction with Get out the Disability Vote Week, the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library hosted an event to help members of the disability community take part in this summer’s Primary.
Accessible voting units were made available at WTBBL Wednesday for voters who need assistance completing their ballot. The event was a partnership between WTBBL and the National Federation of the Blind of Washington, Washington Council of the Blind, King County Elections and the state Elections Division.
WTBBL is part of the Washington State Library, which is a division of the Office of Secretary of State.
Secretary of State Kim Wyman said:
“The goal of Get out the Disability Vote Week is to bring attention to accessible voting and all of the resources offered at county elections offices, encourage Washington’s disability community to participate in upcoming elections, and increase voter turnout. We place a high priority on making voting accessible to all eligible Washingtonians, including our disability community.”
WTBBL Director Danielle Miller added:
“Thanks to all the groups that helped plan this event, especially King County Elections for bringing over four accessible voting units to our library and helping voters use them. Everyone who voted had positive feedback about using the AVUs. We hope that we can host another event like this during the General Election this fall so more of our patrons and others in Washington’s disability community can vote.”