§11-10.5  Statewide elections accessibility needs advisory committee.  (a)  There is established a statewide elections accessibility needs advisory committee within the office of elections for administrative purposes.  The purpose of the advisory committee is to ensure equal and independent access to voter registration, casting of ballots, and all other office of elections services.

     (b)  The advisory committee shall consist of five members appointed by the governor based on recommendations from organizations within the State that are comprised of a majority of officers and members who are persons with disabilities including visual impairment.  Each member shall identify as a voter with accessibility needs arising from disabilities including visual and hearing impairments that require an accommodation to vote.  The terms of advisory committee members shall be four years; provided that initial terms shall be one, two, three, or four years to ensure staggered rotation of members.

     (c)  The advisory committee shall meet at least annually to review election procedures, services, and technology and access to information, and shall make recommendations to the office of elections on at least an annual basis.  The advisory committee may meet and subsequently make recommendations at additional times as determined by a majority of the members. [L 2021, c 213, pt of §2; am L 2023, c 14, §1]