Assemblywoman Galef Hails Easier Voting Devices

Ballot marking devices are for all
October 26, 2011

Do you find the new voting machines difficult to use? Print too small? Confused by the ballot layout? Assemblywoman Sandy Galef wants everyone to know that there is help available at all polling places in the form of a Ballot Marking Device or BMD. Election inspectors are trained to help you use it. All you have to do is ask.

The BMD was designed to give voters with physical and visual disabilities the ability to mark a paper ballot without relying on anyone else by providing such options as headphones, a hand-held controller, and a sip and puff device. However, it can also help everyone else.

  • When you put your paper ballot into the BMD, it enlarges the print.
  • You can make your selections using a touch screen similar to the way you use an ATM machine.
  • The BMD will not allow you to select more candidates than you are allowed for any particular race.
  • If you skip a race the BMD will alert you and give you the option to go back and vote in the race you missed.

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef worked hard to make machines available that left a paper trail and made it possible for those with physical disabilities to vote independently. With elections just around the corner on November 8, she is pleased to remind voters who may need extra help at the polling place that Ballot Marking Devices are available for any one who needs them.

“Participation in the electoral process is crucial to our democracy. We need to let people know about anything that facilitates voting,” said Galef.