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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-08 05:11 PM
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2. That was the case in my polling place in California in '06
I was working in a large, fairly busy precinct (which played host to a few reporters doing spots on the election- that was interesting) and only one person tried to use it. She was blind, elderly, and it took her, her seeing husband, and one of our poll workers together about half an hour to cast her vote on the thing.

In an area with quite a few elderly disabled people, the rest all opted for paper ballots, and brought a family member to assist them if needed. Of course, a huge percentage of our voters vote absentee, which probably works out better, since they can take their time at home, get help if needed, etc.

In theory the advantage of the ballot marking machines is that visually impaired voters can cast a totally secret ballot, but the reality is that almost nobody manages to use the machine unassisted (even in poll worker training, which is long on young, able people who understand technology) and even many able people need help feeding their ballot into the scanner, in which case the poll worker sees their ballot.
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  -Even NY's Blind Governor (like most others) Doesn't Use Accessible Ballot Marker. Votes on Levers. Wilms  Sep-14-08 05:02 PM   #0 
  - I've been voting with levers since my first election (1984)....  Cooley Hurd   Sep-14-08 05:08 PM   #1 
  - I like that analogy - it is a nice mechanical feel. nt  JoeIsOneOfUs   Sep-14-08 05:11 PM   #3 
     - It's REALLY mechanical - you push your levers and pull the handle...  Cooley Hurd   Sep-14-08 05:19 PM   #4 
        - That machine in the picture is mechanically identical to the ones in use today.  RoccoR5955   Sep-14-08 05:46 PM   #6 
  - That was the case in my polling place in California in '06  LeftyMom   Sep-14-08 05:11 PM   #2 
  - To be fair, the NY machines use a "ballot sleeve" to help keep the vote secret.  Wilms   Sep-14-08 05:59 PM   #7 
     - They do here too (it's a legal sized file folder, but whatever)  LeftyMom   Sep-14-08 06:11 PM   #10 
        - Thanks for that info.  Wilms   Sep-14-08 06:14 PM   #11 
  - Thanks for the info... More ammo to get rid of that garbage.  RoccoR5955   Sep-14-08 05:40 PM   #5 
  - Actually, there is a stipulation to keep the levers...sort of.  Wilms   Sep-14-08 06:03 PM   #8 
  - SIGN THE PETITION TO KEEP THE LEVERS HERE:  Bill Bored   Sep-14-08 06:09 PM   #9 
  - First of all, this is no surprise....  Bill Bored   Sep-14-08 06:26 PM   #12 
  - Blah, blah, "fantastic job at keeping DREs out", blah, blah.  Wilms   Sep-14-08 06:34 PM   #13 
     - Well, there is more than one definition of "fantastic." nt  Bill Bored   Sep-14-08 11:36 PM   #14 
  - if you ask some disabled advocates...  WillYourVoteBCounted   Sep-15-08 12:59 AM   #15 
     - Ramp and doorways wide enough for wheel chairs too.  Wilms   Sep-15-08 10:18 PM   #16 

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