Inclusive Voting Experience for All

Quiet Hour

Many individuals with autism and sensory processing issues find traditional polling locations overwhelming. To address this concern, Karen proposes the implementation of a "Quiet Hour" during early voting. This dedicated hour, offered every day throughout the early voting period, will provide a calm and sensory-friendly environment for voters with autism. During Quiet Hour, the following measures will be taken:

  • Dimmed lighting to reduce sensory stimuli.

  • Minimal noise and distractions within the polling location.

  • Trained staff members will be available to assist voters with special needs.

  • Sensory-friendly voting booths with adjustable seating and other accommodations.

Quiet Booths

Additionally, Karen is committed to building at least two quiet booths in every early voting location. These quiet booths are designed for silence, which most adults with autism prefer. These booths will offer a secluded and peaceful space for voters who require a quiet environment to vote comfortably.

white and black abstract painting
white and black abstract painting
Sensory Voting

In addition to Quiet Hour and Quiet Booths, Karen will work to incorporate sensory voting options within all polling locations.

This includes:

  • Providing noise-canceling headphones and sensory kits containing fidget toys and other calming tools.

  • Continue offering alternative voting methods such as absentee ballots and implementing curbside absentee drop-off for individuals who may find it challenging to enter the polling location.

  • Ensuring that all polling locations are wheelchair accessible and equipped with appropriate accommodations for voters with physical disabilities.