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Accessibility Statement

At vote.gov, we’re committed to accessibility. It is our policy to ensure that everyone, including people with disabilities, has full and equal access to voting resources. The vote.gov website relies on certain technologies to make sure it works well with tools that help people with disabilities access information on websites. These technologies include HTML, WAI-ARIA, CSS and JavaScript. They make sure the site is easy to use with screen readers, screen magnifiers, speech-recognition software and other assistive technologies.

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Accessibility statement

The vote.gov team is committed to creating an accessible website for all voters, including people who have difficulty seeing, hearing, operating computer hardware, or who experience cognitive or learning challenges. We also seek to reach underserved people, including those whose primary language is not English. Accessibility is an ongoing effort, and we seek to improve our site by providing regular training for the employees who write our content, create our documents, and build our website.

How we support and maintain accessibility

We ensure the accessibility of vote.gov by:

  • Manually testing content for keyboard and screen reader accessibility
  • Using semantic section headings to organize the content
  • Allowing people to use the keyboard to access all links and interactive parts of our website
  • Including “skip to main content” functionality
  • Adding code to external links to announce “opening in new window” for screen readers
  • Providing detailed alt text for images, icons, and logos
  • Engaging real people in the translation of content to deliver context and user experience
  • Allowing users to resize text according to preference

Our accessibility standards

We design our web pages to meet or exceed the Section 508 standards, which are the technical requirements that ensure we’re complying with federal Section 508 law. We also conform to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C, the web's governing body) and their Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, which can be found on the W3C website. We meet Level AA standards, which means our content is accessible to most people in most circumstances.

Consultant and Testing

We have retained an independent expert consultant to conduct continuous audits via automated and manual testing to assess and improve accessibility.

Compatibility

  • Vote.gov is compatible with most major Internet browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari.
  • Vote.gov content can be viewed on a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop.

Accessibility help, feedback, and formal complaints

Email us at Section508-vote@gsa.gov for questions, comments, or formal complaints about the accessibility of vote.gov. You may also choose to fill out the form below. Our team is able to respond to your questions, comments, or concerns in both English and Spanish.

When contacting us, please include:

  • The web address, also known as a URL. A typical URL could be http://example.gov/index.html or https://www.example.gov/example
  • The device and browser you are using to access vote.gov
  • The assistive technology you are using, if any
  • A description of the problem and any information that isn’t accessible

Note: We monitor Section508-vote@gsa.gov during normal business hours Monday through Friday Eastern Time except for federal holidays or closures.

For additional accessibility help, fill out the form above in either English or Spanish.

For questions, comments, or formal complaints about the accessibility of any vote.gov content, email Section508-vote@gsa.gov.

Page reviewed and updated July 2023.

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