In Fall 2019 we launched APPLE 2.0 – a revamped version of our award-winning Accessible Polling Place Locations and Equipment class. The new content is relevant for first-time attendees and returners alike. APPLE 2.0 helps poll workers:

  • Be comfortable with the use of the Ballot Marking Device.
  • Have a better understanding of accessibility and who it applies to.
  • Recognize barriers and fix them to ensure the polling place is accessible throughout the day.

Within two months, almost 400 poll workers attended APPLE 2.0.

We paused APPLE 2.0 in the lead up to the March 2020 Presidential Primary and had planned to resume classes in Spring 2020. However, that plan is now paused due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We are currently exploring other options and formats for sharing this important content. We’ll keep you posted on how you can participate in the future!

APPLE Accolades

APPLE received the Election Center’s 2018 Independence Award for Outstanding Professional Practice, recognizing innovation in voter accessibility. Read the news release.

Our accessibility efforts, which include APPLE, received a 2018 Clearinghouse Award from the US Election Assistance Commission. Learn more here.

APPLE has also been covered nationally by electionLine and the US Election Assistance Commission and locally in the East Bay Times.


In January 2018 we debuted a new class dedicated to all aspects of polling place accessibility called Accessible Polling Place Locations and Equipment (APPLE). 830 poll workers attended the original award-winning class.

APPLE introduces poll workers to:

  • How our office surveys sites for compliance with federal and state accessibility standards;
  • Using items, such as ramps and signs to make polling places accessible;
  • Creating a welcoming environment for all voters;
  • Setting up and using a ballot marking device with accessible features; and
  • Identifying potential accessibility issues on Election Day.

Are you an election official interested in learning more? Use the following links to download and review the APPLE Class materials.

Original APPLE PowerPoint
Original APPLE Script