Skip to Full Menu

Providing information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Advocates Show Up In Force To Evaluate Voting Systems
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 11, 2006

HENRIETTA, NEW YORK--Advocates from the Center for Disability Rights, and other voters with disabilities, made up about one-half of the crowd on hand to evaluate seven voting machine models from four manufacturers last Thursday.

The Finger Lakes Times reported, however, that those voters were disappointed by the vendors' offerings.

"It's just a big topic for people with disabilities," said Chris Hilderbrant, the center's director of advocacy who uses a wheelchair. "Voting is something that normal, able-bodied, fully sighted people take for granted. Access to voting is something that we've been denied."

The Monroe County Board of Elections adopted a plan last summer calling for voting machines to include a voter-verified paper trail, full-faced ballot, an audio device for voters who have vision-related disabilities, and a sip/puff system for quadriplegic voters.

Advocates told the Times that some machines were difficult to access with a wheelchair, while some lacked Braille screens and others lacked some features that are required by state law.

Hilderbrant said he was pleased with one thing -- the turnout of voters with disabilities.

"I'm glad they had it," he said of the elections board, "but I definitely want the machines to be farther along."

"New voting machines miss mark, disability advocate says" (Finger Lakes Times)


©2018 The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
 370 Centennial Office Building  658 Cedar Street   St. Paul, Minnesota 55155 
Phone: 651.296.4018   Toll-free number: 877.348.0505   MN Relay Service: 800.627.3529 OR 711   Fax: 651.297.7200 
Email:   View Privacy Policy   An Equal Opportunity Employer 

The GCDD is funded under the provisions of P.L. 106-402. The federal law also provides funding to the Minnesota Disability Law Center,the state Protection and Advocacy System, and to the Institute on Community Integration, the state University Center for Excellence. The Minnesota network of programs works to increase the IPSII of people with developmental disabilities and families into community life.