Re: [OVC-discuss] Privately and independently -- how willOVCdealwiththis?

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sun Jun 28 2009 - 14:33:11 CDT

Jim,

> In our arena, I would hope that we could convince these communities that
> we
> were committed to improving accessibility wherever we could so that people
> with disabilities could go to their polling place and vote, but that there
> might have to be compromises of a similar nature. As I said, in other
> laws
> and regulations, the legal phrases in use all refer to some sort of
> balance
> and proportionality.
>
I agree with this, but I think we need more data. We need to know more
about who will take advantage of accessible voting technology and why.

In my county, at the majority of poll sites, the number of people using the
accessible machines is exactly zero. This information came straight to me
in a meeting with REg Recorder Jim McCauley and his assistant Ryan Ronco.
In the primary last year, a total of nine "ballots" were cast on these
machines in Placer County.

It's not that only a few are using them at the majority of pollsites. It's
ZERO.

At the few pollsites in our county that have had the rare DRE user, it's not
even clear if it was a disabled voter. Most of the times I've heard about,
it's just someone that wanted to try it. SF Mayor Gavin Newsom told me he
tried out the DRE at his pollsite.

Realistically, what increase in usage could be expected if we have a
different machine with the AutoCAST feature?

One of the disabled rights advocates is fond of telling the story about his
wife helping with his ballot. At one point, she screams, "Why do you want
to vote that way?" But how typical is that, really?

We need more data.

Alan

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