(INDIANAPOLIS) – According to the United States Census Bureau, 85.3 million Americans have some type of disability. Many of these individuals encounter significant challenges in accessing websites. Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson has upgraded Indiana’s election website, www.IndianaVoters.com, with features to ensure all Hoosiers can access election information.
Indianavoters.com was recently relaunched with a user-friendly design, additional voter information features, and live election-night reporting. Now, following an accessibility evaluation, the website has been updated to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and has achieved AAA compliance, the highest possible rating.
“It is our goal to make sure that all Indiana voters have the opportunity to vote in every election, and that includes easy access to the resources on the IndianaVoters website,” said Secretary Lawson. “Receiving marks of AAA compliance is a sign that we are meeting that goal, and we will continue to safeguard the enfranchisement of all Hoosiers.”
The AAA compliance of the website was confirmed using 12 assistive technologies to test across 5 disabilities: Blind, Visually Impaired, Visual Color, Hearing Loss, and Motor Skills. The test administrators worked closely with Indiana residents that have disabilities to complete a usability study of IndianaVoters.com to help validate testing results.
For screen reader testing, a blind analyst was paired with a sighted analyst to fully evaluate the website’s accessibility. IndianaVoters.com also had language added for the public, “If you experience problems with accessibility on IndianaVoters.com please contact the Indiana Election Division at email@example.com.”
Voting information, polling locations, directions to the polls, sample ballots, and more can be accessed at www.indianavoters.com. Voters can also download the IndianaVoters app, available for free on iPhone and Android.