We want everyone who visits Election Tools, home of the civic engagement toolkit, to feel welcome and find the experience rewarding, including people with disabilities or those who use assistive technology and preference settings to make the Web easier for them to use.
Making the site accessible
To help us make the Election Tools website a positive place for everyone, it is responsive, so it will reformat to fit onto different size screens.
We also used the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 as guidance. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and more user friendly for everyone, as well as identifying requirements for good practice in coding a site.
There is one limitation in the accessibility of the site: If you enlarge the text on the home page, the title of a tool can overlap the text below it. However, because the site is responsive, if you use zoom, it will re-wrap within the browser window making the entire page larger.
Making the tools accessible
The tools in the toolkit are intended for election officials to use as they make elections more engaging for voters.
To help them ensure that what they create will work for everyone, we have included accessibility tips in the instructions for using the tools.
We have tried to avoid recommending products that may not be entirely accessible, but this was not always possible. Our first consideration is that the tools are free (or very inexpensive) and easy to incorporate into election administration processes. If you know of better tools that we should consider, we hope that you will suggest them.
How are we doing?
We’ve worked hard on the Election Tools Toolkit website to make sure that it stays accessible as new content is added. We monitor the website regularly to maintain this, but if you do find any problems, please get in touch.
If you enjoyed using the Election Tools site, or if you had trouble with any part of it, please get in touch. We’d like to hear from you by email at hello at electiontools.org
If you are reporting a problem, it would help us if you provide the information advised in the Web Accessibility Initiative’s page Contacting Organizations about Inaccessible Websites in your request.