Bill to allow visually impaired to vote unassisted

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Visually impaired people could be able to vote without assistance by the sighted under a bill introduced in the state Senate on Monday.

Senate Bill 258 would remove the requirement that ballots be printed on paper and allow the Division of Elections to purchase electronic, paperless balloting equipment.

Sen. Loren Leman, R-Anchorage, the sponsor of the measure, said it would allow the visually impaired to vote privately.

Visually impaired voters now must depend on a sighted person to read the ballot aloud and assist them in casting their vote, Leman said.

A similar measure sponsored by Rep. Joe Green, R-Anchorage, was introduced in the House. It is House Billl 320.

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