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Disabled Voters

Election officials in Brooks County, Georgia say they are very prepared to help handicapped people vote. At each polling location, a touch screen machine has been designed to be used by the physically challenged.

"We don't have that many handicapped per say that are in wheelchairs, but it covers people who have a problem walking and you know, standing for a long time," says Jo Ann Collins, election superintendent.

The machine also includes headphones for the blind and a special key pad for others.

"I think people are generally happy and satisfied about how our elections are conducted here. They get assistance if they have questions, they get answered and they are treated with respect. Everybody says its real simple to do its not complicated to do, they enjoy doing it," says poll worker Robert Marshall.

Some voters are concerned about the touch screens, even though they've been in use around Georgia for at least a year.

"I know it’s easier for them to tabulate, with the touch screen voting machines but I'm afraid some of the people that are not as computer savvy might have a little trouble," says voter Dick Mitchell.

As long as Georgia tries to accommodate all voters, election leaders say that shouldn't be a problem. Collins, the brooks county election superintendent say the federal act that helps protect disabled Americans vote is also responsible for requiring computerized voting systems nationwide.


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