Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Some Oregonians Are Using iPads to Vote

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Advocates for the disabled and elderly are keeping a close eye on today's voting in Oregon, specifically five counties of Oregon where citizens are able to cast their votes with the assistance of Apple iPads. The counties make up Oregon's 1st Congressional District in the the state's northwest corner.

Oregon, which was also the first state in the union to allow voting by mail, allows voters to touch the iPad's screen to pick a candidate. Then the choice is printed and mailed or dropped in an official ballot box. The iPad also lets voters adjust the screen if they're having trouble reading the ballot. Voters whose movements are severely limited can also attach a so-called "sip and puff" device, with which users can use a mouth-controlled tube to activate the iPad.

People with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease have used iPads and other hardware to help communicate in a number of life situations. But voting is something quite new and being watched by states and municipalities across the nation.

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