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Yellow Horse Donating Member (462 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-24-11 08:19 AM
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13. The correct term is "people with disabilities" and these machines are NOT accessible for them.
Edited on Wed Aug-24-11 08:31 AM by Yellow Horse
These folks want to be, and should be, considered as PEOPLE first. The fact that they have a disability is secondary.

The vendors sold everyone snake oil, promising but not really providing private and independent voting for people with disabilities that the Help America Vote Act requires.

The screen of most DREs cannot be reached from a wheelchair, however many people who use wheelchairs write normally and easily COULD hand-mark a paper ballot if one was available to them.

Most DREs have ZERO provisions for people with manual dexterity issues. Even the audio voting provided for voters with low vision (or blind) is so poorly implemented that it is unusable in a lot of cases. For anyone who cannot write or read normally, there are ballot markers that were specifically designed to accommodate multiple disabilities. These are much better than DREs.

To add insult to injury, stupid vendors like ES&S have the gall to call their DREs "ADA compliant." These DREs are neither compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, nor HAVA. But we had DRE-shills like Jim Dickson of the American Association of People With Disabilities still pimping for DREs after receiving big donations from Diebold.

It's a disgrace. People who have disabilities deserve SO much better when it comes to voting.
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