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October 24, 2008

Ballot Marking Devices Available on Election Day

Sequoia Voting Systems demonstrated the ImageCast Voting System and Ballot Marking Device to Oswego County legislators earlier this year. Members of the Community and Consumer Affairs Committee were on hand for the presentation. From left, Committee Chairman Jack Beckwith, District 21; Linda Lockwood, District 11; Louella LeClair, District 25; and Mary Flett, District 17.

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Board of Elections Office has announced that there will be a ballot marking device (BMD) in place at each polling site in the county on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4.

“We have contracted with Sequoia Voting Systems to bring the ImageCast Voting System and Ballot Marking Device to Oswego County in accordance with the Help America Vote Act of 2002,” said Legislator Jack Beckwith, District 21, chairman of the Community and Consumer Affairs Committee. “These devices are equipped to give voters with disabilities the chance to cast their vote independently and in privacy.”

The BMD creates a paper ballot using an electronic interface that records the individual's vote. With real-time review, voters can verify their ballot and make any corrections before it is cast and counted.

The use of audio and tactile interfaces allows voters who are visually impaired to complete their ballot by listening to selections through headphones, or by viewing a display screen which can be adjusted for size and contrast. Another special feature is the “Sip-N-Puff” or paddle device that can be used by voters with limited hand movement.

These new voting systems will be in addition to the regular lever voting machines.

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 requires that voting systems be accessible to all individuals, including those with disabilities, so that it may provide the same opportunities for access and participation, including privacy and independence.

The Community and Consumer Affairs Committee oversees the Oswego County Board of Elections and includes: Chairman Jack Beckwith, District 21; Vice-Chairman Kevin Gardner, District 13; Louella LeClair, District 25; Linda Lockwood, District 11; Mary Flett, District 17; Phillip Vasho, District 22; Clayton Brewer, District 24.

For more information about the BMD, visit the Board of Elections Web site at http://www.oswegocounty.com/boe/imagecast.html. If you have any questions about voter registration or polling sites, call the board at 349-8351 or 349-8351.


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