Senate approves bill to allow voting equipment for visually impaired

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Visually impaired voters could one day vote in private under a bill that passed the state Senate on Wednesday.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Joe Green, R-Anchorage, would require that any new voting equipment purchased include technology that allowed those with disabilities, such as the blind, to vote in secrecy.

The bill changes the current requirement that the state use paper ballots. The bill does not require the state Division of Elections to purchase new equipment.

New electronic technology would allow voters who can't see to don a set of headphones, hear a voice read off candidates' names and push buttons for their choices.

House Bill 320 passed the Senate unanimously and goes to the governor for his signature.

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