Being able to cast a vote is a basic right as an American citizen, even if it’s hard for you to do so. Every voting poll in North Dakota has special equipment to make election day accessible for everyone.
This is an AutoMark voting machine. It’s a way for those physically disabled to easily vote without assistance. The monitor makes it easy for someone to choose their candidates and is equipped with headphones and braille for those who can’t see the screen. They aren’t utilized much but often enough to make it worth it.
“Imagine if your whole life, you had to have somebody help you vote. And imagine how liberating it would be if you could go and vote unassisted,” said Burleigh County auditor Kevin Glatt.
The machines have been in use in Burleigh County since 2004.