Re: Daily Kos vote

From: Bev Harris <bev_at_blackboxvoting_dot_org>
Date: Wed Oct 21 2009 - 19:11:00 CDT

Good Jim. I require you to wear eyeglasses, because I wear them. My father uses
a cane, so we must all use a cane. And stairs must be eliminated from all
public buildings because people in wheelchairs can't use them.

This argument is nonsensical. No assistive voting technology enables every type
of disability to vote on it; no "equal protection" legal argument exists
mandating that everyone vote the same way, and nothing about hand marking paper
ballots means that assistive devices must be prohibited. In fact, most
jurisdictions in the US do use hand marked ballots, so the requirement for
everyone to drop doing that because SOME people require assistive measures
still doesn't fly.

> I think David has this exactly right: the principal driver for voting
> technologies beyond all-paper hand-marked ballots will be accessibility.
> Voting officials and the general public will continue to oscillate about
> paper vs. non-paper, etc. But all-paper hand-marked will just not be an
> option for the foreseeable future.

Bev Harris
Founder - Black Box Voting

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