Website Accessibility

Created: February 1, 2024
Last Updated: July 12, 2024

Summary

On December 27, 2023 the Department of Elections released a major website update. The new site reflects the State's Common Look & Feel guidelines and includes a number of accessibility enhancements. On January 10, 2024 the Department of Elections began bi-weekly scans of the Department of Elections website to measure compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Version 2.1. Since that time, thousands of findings have been identified and updated. The Department of Elections would like to acknowledge the feedback and assistance of the Government Information Center, the Department of Technology & Information, various advocacy groups, and the general public. Your feedback and collaboration is an important part of our efforts to enhance the accessibility of this website. The bi-weekly scan results and ongoing accessibility enhancements will be summarized in the list of changes found below.

Log

Changes in 2024

July 10, 2024

Bi-Weekly site scan
  • 35 Findings
  • Overall Site Score: 99
Changes since last scan:
  • Fixed invalid HTML tags, which fixed accessibility scans for some pages
  • Fixed instances of duplicate ids in the site map on the main page
  • Fixed accessibility issues in 3 PDFs

June 26, 2024

Bi-Weekly site scan
  • 67 Findings
  • Overall Site Score: 99
Changes since last scan:
  • No new findings. The difference in findings between the prior and current scan are due to some pages not being available to the scan process.
  • Currently evaluating and testing 20 PDF accessibility issues (which are not included in the scan findings)

June 12, 2024

Bi-Weekly site scan
  • 66 Findings
  • Overall Site Score: 99
Changes since last scan:
  • Added new HAVA pages, and resolved all reported issues with those pages
  • Investigated and resolved reported color contrast issues
  • Identified new non-unique link names

May 29, 2024

Bi-Weekly site scan
  • 53 Findings
  • Overall Site Score: 99
Changes since the last scan:
  • Fixed issues with non-descriptive accessible names in a table on the post-election audits page
  • Fixed issues with non-descriptive accessible names in a presentation table on the voting locations page
  • Fixed issue with non-unique accessible names for municipalities with more than 1 election in 2024
  • Identified 21 files for initial PDF accessibility remediation. Remediation in progress

May 14, 2024

The bi-weekly scan and accessibility report for May 14, 2024 has been rescheduled to May 28, 2024 due to the School Board Election

May 1, 2024

Bi-Weekly site scan
  • 51 Findings
  • Overall Site Score: 99
Changes since the last scan:
  • Added role="presentation" for multiple non-data tables
  • Fixed multiple instances of a button improperly nested inside a link
  • Fixed Year headers on Candidate List
  • Fixed accessible link name for "click here" link

April 16, 2024

Bi-Weekly site scan
  • 92 Findings
  • Overall Site Score: 99
Changes since the last scan:
  • Fixed 7 pages with HTML issues that prevented automated scanning of those pages. These pages are now included in scan results
  • Fixed potential issue for keyboard/device accessibility to hamburger menu on small screens
  • Fixed 5 instances of "Aria-labelledby references invalid ID"
  • Discovered 40 new findings

April 2, 2024

Bi-Weekly site scan
  • 64 Findings
  • Overall Site Score: 99
Changes since the last scan:
  • Fixed 54 instances of "Layout table not marked as role presentation"
  • Fixed 36 instances of "Link contains elements that are not allowe as descendants"
  • Fixed 7 instances of "Heading structure skips heading level"
  • Fixed 6 instances of "Element contains a duplicate id"
  • Fixed 5 instances of "Non-large text without sufficient contrast"
  • Discovered 4 new findings

March 19, 2024

Bi-Weekly site scan
  • 179 Findings
  • Overall Site Score: 99
Changes since the last scan:
  • Fixed 2705 instances of "Element contains a duplicate ID"
  • Fixed 330 instances of "Table header is empty"
  • Fixed 258 instances of "Non-large text without sufficient contrast"
  • Fixed 208 instances of "Heading structure skips heading level"
  • Fixed 18 instances of "Link has non-unique accessible name"
  • Fixed 2 instances of "Input element relies on the placeholder attribute as a fallback to provide an accessible name"
  • Discovered 48 new findings

March 5, 2024

Bi-Weekly site scan
  • 3,667 Findings
  • Overall Site Score: 93
Changes since the last scan:
  • Fixed 812 instances of "Element contains a duplicate ID"
  • Fixed 162 instances of "Non–large text without sufficient contrast"
  • Fixed 64 instances of "Link has suspicious accessible name"
  • Fixed 52 instances of "Layout table not marked as role presentation"
  • Fixed 44 instances of "Heading structure skips heading level"
  • Fixed 21 instances of "Table element without table headers"
  • Fixed 3 instances of "Document title has suspicious name"
  • Discovered 6 new findings

February 20, 2024

Bi-Weekly site scan
  • 4,818 Findings
  • Overall Site Score: 92
Changes since the last scan:
  • Fixed 1,760 instances of "Link has non-unique accessible name"
  • Fixed 596 instances of "Non-large text without sufficient contrast"
  • Fixed 173 instances of "Element contains a duplicate ID"
  • Fixed 47 instances of "Link has suspicious accessible name"
  • Fixed 40 instances of "Layout table not marked as role presentation"
  • Fixed 18 instances of "Heading structure skips heading level"
  • Fixed 17 instances of "Unordered list contains non-allowed elements"
  • Fixed 4 instances of "Table element without table headers"
  • Fixed 3 instances of "No heading level 1 exists"
  • Fixed 3 instances of "Aria-controls references invalid or duplicate ID"
  • Fixed 1 instance of "Width attribute not allowed on HR element"
  • Fixed 1 instance of "Table header is empty"
  • Discovered 13 new findings

February 6, 2024

Bi-weekly site scan
  • 7,397 Findings
  • Overall Site Score: 83
Changes since the last scan:
  • Fixed 2,626 instances of "Link has non-unique accessible name"
  • Fixed 515 instances of "Link has suspicious accessible name"
  • Fixed 44 instances of "Heading structure skips heading level"
  • Fixed 30 instances of "Layout table not marked as role presentation"
  • Fixed 8 instances of "Element contains a duplicate ID"
  • Fixed 6 instances of "Input element relies on the placeholder attribute as a fallback to provide an accessible name"
  • Fixed 3 instances of "Non-large text without sufficient contrast"
  • Fixed 2 instances of "No heading level 1 exists"
  • Fixed 2 instances of "Aria-expanded used where it is not allowed"
  • Fixed 1 instance of "Document title has suspicious name"
  • Discovered 15 new findings

January 23, 2024

Bi-weekly site scan
  • 10,635 Findings
  • Overall Site Score: 83

January 10, 2024

Baseline site scan
  • 14,636 Findings
  • Overall Site Score: 80

Changes in 2023

December 27, 2023

Note: An entirely new site was launched. The items below are not an exhaustive list of changes between the old and new site
Sitewide:
  • Keybord navigation enhancements and fixed keyboard focus issues
  • Support for modal dialog boxes
  • <div> tables converted to <table>
  • Fixed various visibility and contrast issues
  • Replaced or updated images with bad alt text
  • Added Readspeaker functionality
  • Enhanced site search
Main Page
  • Updated carousel controls so that slide rotation can be stopped
  • Carousel links can visibly receive keyboard focus
  • Added sitemap with ability to generate QR codes