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Supporting All Connecticut Voters Election Access: Solutions for all Voting Places MICHELLE MROZKOWSKI, Election Supporting All Connecticut Voters Election Access: Solutions for all Voting Places MICHELLE MROZKOWSKI, Election Services 1 -866 -232 -5487

Who We Are • Work with advocates and people with disabilities -- leading provider Who We Are • Work with advocates and people with disabilities -- leading provider of accessibility solutions for elections • Work with 50 states, 250 solutions for polling place access • Assist with survey review, access solutions, accessible voting accessories and more • Provide solutions for all elements of disability access to elections • Support elections and polling places that are of universal design. • Provide other election services 1 -866 -232 -5487

Connecticut HHS Funding & HAVA Funding Connecticut is the only State in the US, Connecticut HHS Funding & HAVA Funding Connecticut is the only State in the US, other than mail-only, to not use one dime of HHS Funding to address physical access issues at polling places. Why? • Previous administration did not make it a priority • Challenges of Home Rule and registrars vs. clerks • Vendors not working with municipalities The Good News: It is possible to use discretionary HAVA funding, like KS and NY to purchase items to improve physical access. 1 -866 -232 -5487

Scope of Polling Place Access • GAO Report 2001 – 67% fully inaccessible • Scope of Polling Place Access • GAO Report 2001 – 67% fully inaccessible • In the 2008 audit, the GAO estimated that 27% of polling places had no access barriers, including at parking, building entrances, or on the route to voting area. Improvement from 16% in 2000 • Common Challenges – Sites not controlled or operated by the town – Homes, churches or clubs not covered by ADA – And even ADA – Covered ones not always accessible – and you get blamed. – Political and Cost limitations 1 -866 -232 -5487

Polls Need Lower Cost, Temporary Solutions § Many locations are in private facilities (homes Polls Need Lower Cost, Temporary Solutions § Many locations are in private facilities (homes and churches) – not covered by the ADA, except on election day– election administrators don’t have control over facility. § Some public sites have not been made accessible § Public funds can’t be spent on private facilities for permanent changes 1 -866 -232 -5487

Why Temporary Solutions? • • • Permanent Changes – Large Up Front Cost – Why Temporary Solutions? • • • Permanent Changes – Large Up Front Cost – Not Allowed by Facility – Site Has Possibility of Changing Absentee is an option for voters with disabilities, but voters who want to vote in-person on election day MUST be allowed to do so. Sometimes the only appropriate building to use in a jurisdiction does not meet guidelines, but could, with a little help (improved signage, temporary accessible parking, curbside alert for assistance, voting booths of universal design) 1 -866 -232 -5487

CT’s Challenge: Ways to Meet It • Department of Health and Human Services has CT’s Challenge: Ways to Meet It • Department of Health and Human Services has given $100, 000/year to CT for 6 years, which ends after 2011 - this money was contracted for maintenance for phone system, there is no money for physical access. • Unrestricted HAVA funds have been used for physical access also in NY, IL, NC, TN, KS • States have either made purchases for locales or allowed for special grant funding for physical access items. 1 -866 -232 -5487

So How Do Other States Do it? MODEL 1: Bulk Purchase: State Election Officials So How Do Other States Do it? MODEL 1: Bulk Purchase: State Election Officials ask locals what they want for accessibility and buy it in bulk. This includes – – – – – New Hampshire Indiana (originally) Kansas Maryland Nebraska Oklahoma Hawaii Alaska Tennessee Nevada 1 -866 -232 -5487

Second Option MODEL 2: Allocated Funds Counties or Municipalities are earmarked a certain amount Second Option MODEL 2: Allocated Funds Counties or Municipalities are earmarked a certain amount for access and must spend it on qualifying activities – Alabama – Illinois – Texas – New York 1 -866 -232 -5487

Third Option MODEL 3: Grant Application In the majority of states, counties or municipalities Third Option MODEL 3: Grant Application In the majority of states, counties or municipalities apply to the state for accessibility funds with proposals from vendors and state determines which projects are funded. Just a few states doing this include – Vermont, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Arkansas, Georgia, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, California 1 -866 -232 -5487

Ideas for Products and Grants: Connecticut Survey Tools and Survey Kits • • We Ideas for Products and Grants: Connecticut Survey Tools and Survey Kits • • We have provided cities and counties nationwide with dedicated survey kits to allow a resurvey of location with specific tools Survey Tools include – Smart tool level – ADA tape measure – Door pressure gauge – Door hardware sheet – CD Rom on surveying sites – Packed into a case 1 -866 -232 -5487

Polling Place Access Solutions For Connecticut Parking Lots • Unpaved lots – matting – Polling Place Access Solutions For Connecticut Parking Lots • Unpaved lots – matting – Lack of Signage • Permanent and temporary signs – Lack of parking/access aisle • Stripe or set up cones – other products – Creation of accessible parking space 1 -866 -232 -5487

Additional Parking Solutions – Create accessible parking spaces where there are none. – Create Additional Parking Solutions – Create accessible parking spaces where there are none. – Create street or lot parking. 1 -866 -232 -5487

Ramps: Many Different Types Available for All Types of Needs • • Thresholds – Ramps: Many Different Types Available for All Types of Needs • • Thresholds – rubber and alumninum Suitcase Pathway w or w/o Handrails Level Landing 1 -866 -232 -5487

Signs • Directional, access route signs for entrances and path of travel 1 -866 Signs • Directional, access route signs for entrances and path of travel 1 -866 -232 -5487

Door Hardware and Door Weight Solutions • Low-Cost Solutions – Tape thumb latch – Door Hardware and Door Weight Solutions • Low-Cost Solutions – Tape thumb latch – Leave doors open – Door stop • Door Hardware Retrofits 1 -866 -232 -5487

Alert Systems for Door Hardware and Weight and Other Access Issues Alert systems • Alert Systems for Door Hardware and Weight and Other Access Issues Alert systems • Allows voter to push button and request assistance with heavy door, bad door hardware, locked entrance, etc…. . (pushbutton oversized, ADA compliant) • Available in both permanent installs and temporary – that is packed in case, unpacked, brought out on election day. Over 10, 000 of them nationally 1 -866 -232 -5487

Alert Systems Solve Many Access Barriers • Level Entry – Door hardware and weight Alert Systems Solve Many Access Barriers • Level Entry – Door hardware and weight solution – Solves locked doors • Alternative Entry – Voter can request assistance with escort • Portable Ramp Entry 1 -866 -232 -5487

Other Helpful Solutions • Magnifiers (new Ballot. Mag designed for elections and paper ballots Other Helpful Solutions • Magnifiers (new Ballot. Mag designed for elections and paper ballots from the ground up) • Signature Guides • Complete Interior Accessibility Kits – some states have bought these for each polling location 1 -866 -232 -5487

Adequate Signage Vote Here With Symbol of Access • Designate accessible locations • Eligible Adequate Signage Vote Here With Symbol of Access • Designate accessible locations • Eligible for grants if symbol of access and sites are accessible • Bilingual available • Use in all precincts brings uniformity to exterior recognition. 1 -866 -232 -5487

Four Station Pak. Flatt Franklin Booth • Outstanding solutions for both accessibility and general Four Station Pak. Flatt Franklin Booth • Outstanding solutions for both accessibility and general purpose • The Franklin is the ideal voting booth for Connecticut – several counties have pioneered it • Appropriate for Vote Centers too! • Packs and stores small • Easy to set up • No removable parts to get lost 1 -866 -232 -5487

Universal Design/Non-Discriminatory • Solves issues for voters with and without disabilities – With the Universal Design/Non-Discriminatory • Solves issues for voters with and without disabilities – With the 4 station booth all go to same location – not a “separate” disability booth or system – Best for ultimate goal of access • Non-discriminatory • Preferred by disability advocates • Consistent with principle of “universal design” 1 -866 -232 -5487

Compatible with Paper or DRE Voting Booth Normally Used for Paper Voting – but Compatible with Paper or DRE Voting Booth Normally Used for Paper Voting – but can also be used with DRE 1 -866 -232 -5487

Durability • Booth is incredibly durable • Constructed of “Automotive”-grade aluminum • Booth is Durability • Booth is incredibly durable • Constructed of “Automotive”-grade aluminum • Booth is so strong it can support 200 lb person standing on shelf • It can handle the rigors of many elections and storage • Booths from 20 years ago are still going strong in Europe 1 -866 -232 -5487

Benefit: Latest and Greatest • Pak. Flatt and Inclusion Solutions have perfected the design Benefit: Latest and Greatest • Pak. Flatt and Inclusion Solutions have perfected the design • Proven 20 -year design on original silver booths • Booth refined and upgraded for use in the United States with: – – – Ultra rigid and durable shelf Additional durability for U. S. elections which impose abuse on products Improved components Ease of Setup New Color Scheme (Red White and Blue) 1 -866 -232 -5487

Benefit: Warranty & Service Best Warranty in the industry – For 3 years we Benefit: Warranty & Service Best Warranty in the industry – For 3 years we will “swap out” any booths no questions asked (except deliberate damage) – Service at National Distribution Center in Virginia – Inclusion Solutions is also known for unmatched customer service and responsiveness 1 -866 -232 -5487

Benefit: Storage and Delivery • Booth stores in a fraction of the space of Benefit: Storage and Delivery • Booth stores in a fraction of the space of other booth styles • Packs into a very small footprint (roughly the same as for a single booth) • So small one can fit in the back of a car • Saves warehouse and storage costs/space 1 -866 -232 -5487

Benefit: Storage and Delivery Dozens or hundreds of booths can be stored in a Benefit: Storage and Delivery Dozens or hundreds of booths can be stored in a small area 50 booths – or 200 voting stations fits in a surprisingly small area Westchester County, New York stores 837 booths or over 3, 330 stations in a limited warehouse area 1 -866 -232 -5487

Ease of Setup • Setup is in a matter of minutes and easy for Ease of Setup • Setup is in a matter of minutes and easy for pollworkers • Setup is intuitive – but Flyer and Video Cape Girardeau, Missouri sets up their 75 booths available 1 -866 -232 -5487

Comparison With Single Booths • With single booths, legs fall out, or can get Comparison With Single Booths • With single booths, legs fall out, or can get misplaced • Pollworkers and staff frustrated at lost parts • Different configurations for “regular” and“handicapped” booths • To create 40 voter stations, you would need 40 booths, each one with five separate pieces (1 table, 4 legs): 200 pieces total Pak. Flatt Franklin • • • Booths are all single integrated unit No pieces to lose No more aggravated pollworkers or warehouse staff To create 40 voter stations, you would need 10 booths: 10 pieces total! 1/20 th the total number of parts 5 parts 1 -866 -232 -5487

Flexible Configurations • Connecticut’s precincts all are Configured Differently • But booth can be Flexible Configurations • Connecticut’s precincts all are Configured Differently • But booth can be set up as 4 station, 3 station, or 2 station booth 1 -866 -232 -5487

Customization Booth Can Be Customized with Connecticut or County Seals 1 -866 -232 -5487 Customization Booth Can Be Customized with Connecticut or County Seals 1 -866 -232 -5487

Curtain Accessories • Curtain System seamlessly integrates with booth • Optional Accessory – about Curtain Accessories • Curtain System seamlessly integrates with booth • Optional Accessory – about 35% of customers add curtains 1 -866 -232 -5487

Dustcovers and Lights • Lights clip onto booth • Dustcover protects booth during storage Dustcovers and Lights • Lights clip onto booth • Dustcover protects booth during storage and delivery • Version with Extended Shelf also available 1 -866 -232 -5487

Proven Success • Thousands of Units in Place Nationally in 28 states • Positive Proven Success • Thousands of Units in Place Nationally in 28 states • Positive feedback from voters, pollworkers, advocates and election officials • Consistent feedback that it’s the best booth that election officials have ever had 1 -866 -232 -5487

Specifications • • • 61” to frame top 37. 5” to standard writing shelf Specifications • • • 61” to frame top 37. 5” to standard writing shelf 30” to seated accessible shelf 32” between outside legs Packed Dimensions 38. 5’ *9. 5’ * 25’ • Weight 44 lbs • Detailed specifications available for procurement 1 -866 -232 -5487

Pricing • Franklin 4 -Station Booth: • Franklin ext. Shelf • Customization: • Booth Pricing • Franklin 4 -Station Booth: • Franklin ext. Shelf • Customization: • Booth Curtain System • Light Set (pack of 4) • Shipping: $799 $879 $29. 95 $199 $99 Normally $62 each Surplus Original Silver Booths also available on clearance for $599 (but only 100 available) 1 -866 -232 -5487

Next Steps? • Option 1 – I can write you a quote • Option Next Steps? • Option 1 – I can write you a quote • Option 2 – You can try it out for free • Buying booths is a big decision – we want you to have tried it out, shown to staff, & other key decision makers. • So we created the “Sale or Return Program” • You try out the booth for 30 days – if you don’t like it you return it and we pay return shipping • If you like it you can keep it an we will invoice you • Or you can request more 1 -866 -232 -5487

Interior Signs & Required Notices How do you -post materials in a uniform location? Interior Signs & Required Notices How do you -post materials in a uniform location? -not deface wall -not be too large for supply kit -have flexibility for different languages and text 1 -866 -232 -5487

Is Taping Signs Causing Problems? 1 -866 -232 -5487 Is Taping Signs Causing Problems? 1 -866 -232 -5487

Totem Display System: The Answer Unfolds to 6 feet tall and is self-standing Pockets Totem Display System: The Answer Unfolds to 6 feet tall and is self-standing Pockets allow you to customize content And it folds up small 1 -866 -232 -5487

Sale Or Return the Totem Just Complete the Form and We’ll send you one Sale Or Return the Totem Just Complete the Form and We’ll send you one for review 1 -866 -232 -5487

Access and Inclusion Solutions • How Can Connecticut Meet the Requirements of Access? • Access and Inclusion Solutions • How Can Connecticut Meet the Requirements of Access? • Call us at 1 -866 -232 -5487 • [email protected] inclusionsolutions. com • Complete Form for Samples of booths or totems • We can help at every stage! 1 -866 -232 -5487