New Machines Help Disabled Voters

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, October 17, 2005

In the past, voters with visual and physical disabilities would need someone to help them mark their ballots. Not so anymore with the debut of the new AutoMARK ballot machines.

"It’s going to be nice for those in the disabled communities to be able to vote unassisted."

Sacramento County’s campaign services manager Brad Buyse says voters will now insert their ballot and use either a touchscreen or accessible headset and keyboard to make their selections in privacy.

"The system is very intuitive. It’s really easy to navigate and to make the vote selections. There are various physical adaptations including oral support with headphones, large type, there’s a contrast type brail on the keys."

AutoMARK meets the requirements set by the Help America Vote Act. The new terminals will be used at all 419 polling places throughout the county.