Accessibility (Disability) Issues
The goal here is to enable as many people as is reasonable to vote independently.
No one system will enable everybody to vote.
The disabled must judge which devices are best for which users.
Assistive audio devices also help those who simply have difficulty reading, such as dyslexics, senior citizens, and people who cannot read English.
Because the current crop of touchscreen DREs do not allow the sightless to independently check their votes with a paper audit trail, those will be the first votes stolen.
The voting machine companies are using the issue to force jurisdictions to buy their corruptible machines.
The National Federation of the Blind has a $1+ million financial connection to Diebold.
Members of disability groups call for ban of DRE voting systems, 3/14/07
These devices allow disabled persons to vote on a standard paper ballot without using an expensive computer.
Nobody, and no machine, should be counting votes in secret.
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May 29, 08