Marin Independent Journal
March 29, 2006
Disabled-access voting machines make Marin
By Keri Brenner
with disabilities test out machines at Whistlestop Wheels
in San Rafael.
Four vendors of voting machines for the disabled courted Marin's
disabled community this week, with some finding a match.
“I like Equalivote,” said activist
Craig Thomas Yates of San Rafael.“It's easy to use, less
expensive than the others and it works well with what we have
Yates was one of a handful of disabled residents to attend a
tryout session Tuesday at Whistlestop Wheels in San Rafael.
Equalivote, based in Mill Valley, uses a non-computerized
stenciling device to help disabled voters mark ballots and costs
roughly $2,500 per machine, said David Healy, Equalivote
Other systems reviewed Tuesday were:
based in Port Ludlow, Wash., which imposes a series of alterations,
such as raised letters, on paper ballots to make them disabled-accessible
and costs in the range of $1,800 to $2,200 per machine.
in Omaha, Neb., has designed a machine that takes the same paper
ballot used by other machines and allows voters to mark the
ballot electronically using a keypad or a breathing tube. The
machines, which can also be used for other forms and which can
translate into other languages, cost $5,000.
• Diebold Election Systems,
based in Allen, Texas, has a touchscreen or keypad-activated
computerized voting machine that sells for $6,000.
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