Efforts underway to help disabled people vote

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)  –  The Secretary of State’s Office is looking into making it easier to vote for people with disabilities.

Secretary of State Denise Merrill  says “We have heard from voters with disabilities that the current voting machines are not as easy to use as they should be.  So we are taking action.”

Merrill has put out a bid request seeking to replace the present vote-by-phone-fax system where poll workers use a designated phone with a secure, pre-registered number to enter into the system.   At that point voters use a handset where they can hear an automated  audio ballot and make their choices which are then faxed to the polling place.

The plan is for a new electronic system that is able to mark computerized ballots which can e printed and scanned for more efficiency.

 

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