Precincts equipped with new technology for disabled voters

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Connecticut voters with disabilities will find it easier to vote on November 8th.

The state is equipping all 750 precincts in the state with new technology that allows the disabled to vote and actually print their own ballot by selecting candidates on a laptop keyboard or select candidates by a computerized voice.

“This replaces the system that used to be hooked up to a phone and really only helped people with visual impairment and that sort of thing. This is a much more broad range assisting technology,” said Denise Merrill, (D) Secretary of the State.

The printed ballots will then be counted by the optical scanners that are used to count everyone’s vote. All precincts will have one back up machine in the event of a machine failure.

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