Demonstration of Accessible Voting for Vision Loss in New Hampshire


Hi, this is Nancy with the New Hampshire Association
for the Blind. We’ve put together this video to demonstrate the new accessible voting system
that New Hampshire has put in place, which will be available for the Presidential Primary
on February 9th. The system is called “one4all.” It’s composed entirely of commercial off-the-shelf
hardware and a free open-source software system that has been designed specifically for New
Hampshire voters by the University of Florida, the New Hampshire Department of State, and
other consultants. It consists of a tablet with a docking station, a keyboard, headphones,
and a printer. Let me show you how it works! When you arrive at your polling place, a poll
worker will walk you to the polling booth. When you enter, this is the setup that you’ll
see. The tablet will have this display when you enter the polling booth. To move through
the system, you can either use the buttons that are on the touchscreen of the tablet,
or you can use the “Enter” button that’s on the keyboard. There’s two “Enter” buttons,
and either one of them will work. When you go in to vote with the poll worker, the poll
worker has to enter whether you’re voting Democrat or Republican. Then they’ll enter
the code that corresponds with the polling place that you’re voting at. Then they’ll
hit the “Continue” button. This is the point when the auditory system begins to work. So
what it says, “To start voting, either press ‘Enter’ or touch the screen.” So it says,
“Selected.” To start voting, you have to again hit the button on the screen or hit “Enter.”
This is where you can change the speed of the voice that you’re hearing in the headphones.
So it is going to read each option, and so when you hear the option you want, you can
press “Enter.” So it’s going to start with “very fast,” then “fast,” “average,” etc.
The default is “average,” so I’m just going to hit the button and say that’s what I want.
At this point, you’re looking at all of the candidates that are running for the presidency.
The auditory system is going to read each and every one of them, and when you hear the
person you want to vote for, that’s when you hit “Enter.” And again, it will run through
all of them. So I’m just going to vote for one, and it says, “Selected.” It says the
name of the person that you selected — again, whichever method. I’ll just hit “Continue,”
and then it goes to the review screen. So it says, “Review the ballot.” Visually,
it lists it on the tablet, and it also is saying who you voted for. As you’re moving through
the system, if your vision allows, you can also — as with other tablets — increase
the font, if that makes it more accessible for you visually. Again, you can do that at
any time. So, if you’re okay with what you chose, it will give you an option if you want
to go back, hit “Enter.” You have to listen for that, and then it will say, “If you’re
happy with your vote and you want to submit that, then hit ‘Enter’ or hit the button.”
And then it says, “Thank you. Your ballot’s being printed.” There’s a little bit of a
delay, and then you’ll hear the printer kick in. Visually, for a second, it shows you the
ballot, and it’s going to print out from the printer. Then you take your ballot, and then
you bring it to the poll worker and submit your ballot in the box or hand it to the poll
worker as you would otherwise. And that is how you use the new system that the State
of New Hampshire will have in place, again, for the Primary on February 9th.

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  1. The real test will be on election day. All of these custom made systems usually end up being a flop. Commercial voting systems have evolved over years of election experience. Let's bet this system will be scrapped by November!

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