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|(US) 7/06 - Disabled voting. How much...
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Post Number: 54
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|Posted on Friday, July 7, 2006 - 7:54 am: ||
$10K in this story. To blow through a straw? I sympathize with other-abled. But. This is silly. Why not train, like real people, to be recorders, digital at that (the finger kind) to record these votes OR try the 37 cent solution, a stamp and absentee filled out by a trusted person (for me, like my wife)?
I have a vision disability BUT these folks are talking about public and real money. The well isn't infinite. Hell, I would like to play sports that I enjoyed at a certain level in the past, some I make adjustments, golf for one - I use the buddy system to follow my ball - not some electronic ball with a GPS unit. And, others, such as basketball, well, I just give up.
WE HAVE TO BECOME MORE AWARE OF HOW OUR RECKLESS EXPENDITURE OF MONIES IS GOING TO BANKRUPT THIS NATION OR NOT ALLOW US TO VENTURE TO SOLVE MORE PRESSING ISSUES.
This country and advocates for every damn special interest need to get a fresh load of mental awareness and reset priorities. And, HAVA has to be rewritten. William
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|Posted on Friday, July 7, 2006 - 12:56 pm: ||
William, I agree with your statements. However, there was a lot of pressure brought by some in Congress to include a requirement in the Help America Vote Act of 2002 that puts an accessible means of voting in every precinct in the nation. It does NOT have to be a voting system or a voting machine. It CAN be something as easy as Vote-PAD which is an assistive device.
(By the way Vote-PAD is far less than 50% of the cost of most computerized voting systems and the cost is one-time only)(For full disclosure: My ex-partner at VotersUnite.Org is the founder and president of Vote-PAD Inc. VotersUnite.Org and Vote-PAD are in no way associated except in friendship and no funds or assistance is provided to VotersUnite.Org by Vote-PAD)
The problem of the high cost of voting machines for voters with disabilities is hi-lited when counties start complaining that they spend tens of thousands of dollars to comply only to have no one with disabilities use the machines.
And the real sin is that many voters with disabilities will go to the polls only to find out that many of the machines are only accessible to the blind and sight impaired voter.