Voting in Oregon could be as easy as reading the Wall Street Journal.
In an attempt to make voting easier for the elderly and disabled, Oregon is letting citizens in five counties cast their votes on Apple iPads.
Election workers in the counties that make up that state’s 1st Congressional District are hitting parks, nursing homes and community centers to find voters who have trouble filling out traditional mail-in paper ballots, reports the Associated Press. The district is holding a special election to replace the seat left open by ex-Rep. David Wu, who left Congress in July after allegations emerged that he had had a sexual encounter with a young woman. Oregon is the first state to try voting via iPad, according to the report…
Oregon, which was also the first state to allow voting by mail, is embracing the iPad as a way to make it easier for voters with physical impairments to participate in elections. Voters can touch the iPad’s screen to pick a candidate. Then the choice is printed and mailed or dropped in an official ballot box. The iPad also lets voters adjust the screen if they’re having trouble reading the ballot. Voters whose movements are severely limited can also attach a “sip-and-puff” device to cast their vote.