Visually impaired voters also have machine issues


3 MORE VOTING MACHINE PROBLEMS, BUT THIS TIME IT’S AFFECTING THE VISUALLY IMPARED COMMUNITY. 3 3 24 HOUR NEW 8’S BARTON DEITERS WAS TALKING TO PEOPLE IMPACTED. BARTON? 3 NOBODY IS SAYING ANYTHING IS RIGGED, BUT THERE ARE PROBLEMS THAT ARE MEANS VOTES ARE BEING SWITCHED FROM ONE CANDIDATE TO ANOTHER. 3 VISUALLY IMPAIRED VOTERS RELY ON AUTOMARK WHICH PROVIDES AUDIO PRESENTATION OF THE BALLOT OR INCREASES THE SIZE OF THE FONT ALLOWING IT TO BE MORE EASILY READ.IT ALLOWS THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED TO VOTE. GRAND RAPIDS RESIDENTS CAUSANDRA BELL AND JON CAUCHI WERE LOOKING TO DO JUST THAT WHEN THEY SHOWED UP AT THEIR POLLING PLACES IN THE BURTON STREET AND BRETON AVENUE.BUT WHEN THEY SHOWED UP THE VOTING MACHINES JAMMED – THEY HAD TO REMARK THEIR BALLOTS MULTIPLE TIMES. THE RESULT — OPPOSITE PARTIES FOR CASSANDRA’S PRESIDENTIAL PICKS AND CHANGED THE REST OF THE BALLOT FOR JON. OTHER VISUALLY IMPARED PEOPLE THAT THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED SIMILAR PROBLEMS.CHRISTINE MORRIS OF THE DISABILITY ADVOCATES OF KENT COUNTY SAYS THAT THE MACHINES ARE ANTIQUATED AND THE STATE IS AWARE OF PROBLEMS BUT NO CHANGES TO THE SYSTEM ARE PLANNED UNTIL 20-18. 3 ((18:16:46-58)) ((12)) ((JON CAUCHI)) “IF YOU HAVE NO SIGHT, AND THERE’S A JAM, HOW DO YOU KNOW?” “YOU DON’T. THE ONLY WAY YOU’D BE ABLE TO TELL IS IF SOMEBODY HAD TO COME OVER AND GET THE PAPER OUT OF THE MACHINE.” MACHINE.”((18:17:32-37)) ((05)) ((CASSAUNDRA BELL)) “WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO VOTE INDEPENDENTLY AND SECURELY AND PRIVATELY LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.” 3 JON AND CASSAUNDRA SAY THEY ARE LUCKY THAT THEY STILL HAD SOME VISION WHICH ALLOWED THEM TO SEE THERE WERE PROBLEMS. THOSE WITH MORE SEVERE IMPAIRMENT MIGHT NEVER KNOW THAT THEIR VOTES HAVE BEEN DISCARDED OR CHANGED.IN STUDIO

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