By Mike DeNardo
Published April 10th 2008 in Philadelphia all news radio station KYW 1060
46,000 new voters registered for the primary, the city is making sure
the public knows that new computerized machines are equipped with
devices to help the visually-impaired. Here's deputy city commissioner
"Every polling place, according to law, is required to have the capability for a sight-impaired person to independently -- that is, without help -- vote."
Blind voters are given an audio headset and a wallet-sized keypad to navigate through the ballot and record their choices.
Voigt says it can take up to 20 minutes to complete the process. He recommends that all voters familiarize themselves with the ballot before they enter the booth.
In last November's general election, Voigt says, 17 people used the visual-assistance device to vote.