Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tom and I waited in line for about 35 minutes along side our neighbors
beginning at 7:00 this morning. When we got to the front of the line
our pole workers were slightly surprized to see two voters who are
blind, but they stepped up to the plate. I asked to vote on the
electronic voting machine and I was guided over to the machine. The
only little problem was that there were no headphones at my poling
place. Like most self-respecting blind folks I carry lots of gadgets
that require headphones- so I was able to use a pair I had in my
backpack.
I voted in what may be the most important election of my life time and
I did it independently and privately. I voted because I care about
this country and the programs, people and institutions that make this
country great.
I vote because I insist on having a voice.
Please vote today. If you need to use the speech output that is
built-into all certified electronic voting machines in California
bring a set of headphones!

1 comment:

Jamie Allison said...

Glad to hear you were able to also cast your vote independently and privately! I did tonight for the first time and my account of the experience is also on my blog. In South Carolina, only one machine at each place is equipt with the nonvisual technology, but at least there is access to it! For so many years now I've asked to use it and either the poll workers didn't know how, didn't want to take the time, or there were glitches. It was so nice to finally be able to do it!