Rockford voters with disabilities have been brought into the electoral mainstream for all elections under a program adopted by the Rockford Board of Election Commissioners through federal funding from the Help America Vote Act of 2002 and guidance from the staff at RAMP.
The Rockford Board of Election Commissioners is very excited about the purchase of equipment that allows voters with a disability to vote in private. The only assistance needed may be to insert the blank ballot into the printer. A touch screen, an arrow pad or an attached sip & puff brought by the voter is used to choose his/her candidates. The ballot is actually marked by an attached printer. A blind voter uses a headset for oral instruction as to how to vote.
The election judges will be glad to instruct the voter on the use of the equipment at the polls. A demonstration is always available at the Board of Election Commissioners office, 301 S. 6th St.
From the Oct. 25-31, 2006, issue