Blind Citizens Vote in Secret for First Time

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Georgia Kellogg may need help driving and grocery shopping, but for the first time in her life she doesn't need help voting.

With electronic voting machines now at polling sites in Leon County, visually impaired citizens are voting independently.

"To me it’s a milestone for visually impaired to be able to access the ballot and be able to cast their votes," she said.

In the past they'd have to count on a friend, spouse or poll worker to fill in the circles for them. Now they don't have to question whether their request is being honored.

"It's real nice now to vote by myself without assistance and without somebody looking over me, so we're all guaranteed a secret ballot," said Lynn Evans, who voted by touch screen machine early Tuesday morning.

While blind voters are pleased to have secrecy, many still aren't 100 percent satisfied.

"What I'm concerned about is we need a backup paper ballot for this machine and I think they can do it because to me, once it's written in as well as done electronically, you can't change it. That bothers me. It really does," said Kellogg.

Many say it's still a risk they're willing to take to be able to exercise their rights independently.