VIDEO: Disability Rights Oregon – Accessible Voting Tablets
In Oregon, the use of mail-in ballots prove to be inaccessible for disabled residents and impedes their ability to vote without barriers. Oregon allows the use of accessible tablets as a means to create the freedom residents needed to vote freely and confidently. Making available various accessible voting methods affords disabled people to feel included in the voting process and have their vote count.
Rooted in Rights worked with Disability Rights Oregon to create “Disability Rights Oregon and Accessible Voting Tablets” that discuss the use of technology that allowed disabled residents to cast their votes without hindrance. Mary Lee Turner and Rachel Simpson discuss the obstacles they experienced while voting and how using technology create independence in their ability to vote. Oregon created the Alternate Format Ballot which is available online or residents can request to state voting officials to have the voting equipment brought to their homes to use. These various methods affords disabled residents the opportunity to vote comfortably and feel included in the voting process.
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