Accessible Voting Technologies
Along with polling place accessibility, the way you cast your vote must also be accessible. The Help America Vote Act requires at least one voting machine in every polling place to be accessible to anyone who has a disability.
In Florida, two types of accessible voting machines are used:
- Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) Systems – Voters using this machine will cast their vote through a touchscreen, dial, or mechanical button. The DRE system then stores your votes into the computer’s memory. Some DRE systems are also equipped with a printer for voters to confirm his or her choices before committing them to the computer’s memory. The paper records can be saved in case of an audit or recount.
- Ballot Marking Devices and Systems – Most ballot marking devices use a touchscreen for voters to make their selections. Unlike the DRE system, ballot marking systems do not store your votes into a computer. Instead, the ballot is marked on paper and tabulated, like all other paper ballots. These systems also provide other accessibility features such as audio.