Normally, when we are discussing voter rights, it’s about another plan, be it voter ID laws, eliminating same day registration and other proposals that directly or indirectly limit the number of people who are able to cast their vote.
But in Oregon, the state has done something different. Already having one of the most accessible voting systems thanks to a two week long period of accepting mail in ballots, the state piloted a new way to get even more people to be able to cast a vote – iPad voting.
Politico reports that the iPad vote was tested out last week on election day, with 89 disabled people voting in the special election primary for candidates to replace former Congressman David Wu. “Using an iPad, voters were able to enlarge the font, tap on their selected candidate and print out the ballot to choose a nominee in Tuesday’s special primary election. With just a few glitches to work out, election officials told POLITICO they’re set to move full speed ahead with the iPads again in the January special general election.”
Some of those glitches involved internet connectivity and other issues that could slow down voting by tablet if a number of people were trying to use the system at once, a problem the state wants to address as it hopes for strong turnout.
Should the tablet voting be successful, it could open up a whole new avenue of voting for the disable, and possibly even the ability for everyone to cast votes via internet, which would reduce congestion at polling places and allow those who cannot take long amounts of time from work or family on election day a better opportunity to have their voices heard.
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