Selectmen were overwhelmingly supportive Monday night of funding the purchase of electronic voter equipment for visually-impaired residents, although programming may not take place in time for the March town election. Two blind residents were vocal in urging selectmen to consider the equipment purchase, a tablet-style hardware system called One4All. The New Hampshire Secretary of State currently implements special voting processes for state and federal elections. But when it comes to local elections, according to the 2002 Help America Vote Act, towns are on their own. Jean Shiner and Dana Trahan were requesting a place to store the equipment, which consists of a tablet, docking station, printer and headset. They said they were in the process of fundraising the necessary $600, but selectmen offered to allocate town money to pay for the system. … However, Town Clerk Andie Kohler, who supports moving the initiative forward, said Tuesday implementing the equipment by the March election was not likely.Full Article: Exeter to fund technology for blind voters.
New Hampshire: University of Florida-Developed Voting Machine For Disabled Used On Election Day | WUFT
A voting machine developed at the University of Florida helped voters with different disabilities to cast their ballots in this month’s elections. Prime III, or the Premier Third Generation Voting System, was used statewide in New Hampshire — the first state to certify use of the machine — on Election Day. … With Prime III, a blind person, for example, votes by putting on headphones, and following audio prompts for the various races, they vocalize their choices. Someone without arms or someone who otherwise can’t write does the same. Juan Gilbert, chair of UF’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering Department, came up with the idea for the voting technology after Congress passed the Help America Vote Act in 2002. The act required every voting precinct to have one voting machine for people with disabilities. But Gilbert saw the new legislation and didn’t think of it as the best solution. “We saw that, and we thought that could be a problem because you’re creating a separate-but-equal connotation in voting. And we were right.”Full Article: UF-Developed Voting Machine For Disabled Used On Election Day – WUFT News.
New Hampshire: Tablet-Based Ballot System for Blind Voters to Debut During Primary | New Hampshire Public Radio
Voting may be a right for everyone, but for those with vision impairment, casting a ballot privately can be a challenge. New Hampshire election officials are hoping to change that with the rollout of a new accessible voting system, called “one4all,” during Tuesday’s primary. “I believe we’re one of the first if not the first state to fully adapt tablet-based technology,” says David Morgan, president and CEO of the New Hampshire Association for the Blind. “It’s a tablet-based system, so there’s a keyboard. There’s a voice entry which is not enabled at this point. And there’s a tablet that is both a touch screen, a voice output, and an enter button so that you can listen to the candidates be scrolled. As you hear the candidate you want, you can press enter, or later on for the fall, enter a voice command.”Full Article: Tablet-Based Ballot System for Blind Voters to Debut During N.H. Primary | New Hampshire Public Radio.