The Oklahoma State Election Board demonstrates how a new voting machine can help visually impaired voters cast their ballot on Election Day. “It is an interface that allows voters with disabilities to vote without assistance while the regular voting is still going on,” said Pam Slater with the Oklahoma State Election Board. The new voting machine uses an audio-tactile interface (ATI) which allows blind voters to listen and scroll through an audio version of the general election ballot to make their choices. “It is very easy to feel around and feel exactly what you need,” said Cathy Tuton who is visually impaired. “It tells you everything you need to know.”
The new voting machines will be available at every polling location in Oklahoma. Previously, blind or visually impaired Oklahomans have had to rely on a telephone voting system or assistance from another person. “This allows them to vote without that other person marking their ballot. It gives them that privacy and secrecy that they’ve never had,” said Slater.