(The mechanical sound of a lever being pulled.)
BUD LOWELL: "That's a mechanical voting machine. They were developed more than a hundred years ago in
CHRIS HILDEBRANDT: "Bringing the height down doesn't help somebody who's blind. It helps somebody who's in a wheelchair but it doesn't help somebody who's blind. So the new machines could accommodate a lot more types of disabilities."
BUD LOWELL: "Hildebrandt has used a wheelchair since he was fourteen and he has run into problems voting on several occasions. He says the proposed standards also don't do enough to guarantee accessibility for the blind, for voter with low vision and for people who can't readily use their hands. Hildebrandt says computer technology can easily solve those problems. But others are concerned that it can also leave voting systems more vulnerable to tampering. Voter Jeri Minard of
JERI MINARD: "Make sure the voting machines you select for me, for yourself and for the people of
BUD LOWELL: "Time pressures are building as county elections boards around the state wait for the state to approve the standards so they can buy their new machines and gear up to use them by the September primaries. The State Elections Board will meet at the end of January to either decide on approving those standards or send them back for more reworking."
BUD LOWELL: "In