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Grant Funding to Improve Election Accessibility

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Illustration from Cansu Akarsu's winning concept on the Voting Challenge
Our Voting Challenge sponsors, The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), has announced grant funding to further pursue election accessibility research and design. "Americans with disabilities face many obstacles to voting including physical, cultural, economic, educational and political barriers. Although much has been done to increase voting accessibility, more progress is needed. ITIF seeks proposals to develop, test and integrate innovative technology to address barriers to accessible voting." – ITIF
This presents an opportunity for folks who participated in our Voting Challenge to move their ideas forward through collaborating with others. ITIF are keen on proposals to develop prototypes or further explore and develop technology related to concepts. Preference will be given to applicants that are public or private institutions of higher education. Others, including businesses, independent researchers, non-profit organisations and state and local government agencies, who are interested in applying for grant funds are encouraged to collaborate with a college or university as the primary recipient. Applicant organisations must be based in the United States. Proposal deadline: June 1, 2012.
If you're an organisation which is keen to collaborate on one of our OpenIDEO Voting Challenge concepts – get in touch with the concept author by leaving a comment on their concept page which will trigger an email notification to them. Concept authors – this is a great opportunity to collaborate on your vision to improve election accessibility!
Check out the ITIF call for proposals 
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Seems like a reasonable idea. I approve that!

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I think they should make something like online voting for people like them. Why not?!

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Because only about 50% attend elections and it should be at least 90%!

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Grant Funding to Improve Election Accessibility?? i did not really understand why and how..