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Visually impaired voters seek ways to vote independently with absentee ballots

Visually impaired voters in the state say their concerns aren't being addressed when it comes to absentee voting.

News 12 Staff

Jul 24, 2020, 10:07 PM

Updated 1,427 days ago

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Visually impaired voters in the state say their concerns aren't being addressed when it comes to absentee voting.  
People who are visually impaired say they are not able to independently and privately fill out an absentee paper ballet.  
Nathaneal Wales says for those without sight, the ballot box is much more welcoming than it used to be. He says he had used a computer to print his ballot and then would put it into the ballot box.  
Wales says he will not be able to fill out his absentee paper ballot without help.  
Election officials say privacy is an essential part of the right to vote. 
State Sen. Tony Hwang says New York, Colorado and Pennsylvania have adopted plans to send absentee ballots electronically to those who can't fill out a paper ballot. 
The state House and the Senate will be debating absentee voting changes in the upcoming weeks. 


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