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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-08 06:11 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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