Oregon deploys Apple iPads to help disabled people vote

“Oregon was first in the nation to have all residents vote by mail,” Jonathan J. Cooper reports for The Associated Press. “Now it’s pioneering another idea: vote by iPad.”

“Voters in five counties are filling out and returning their mail-in ballots for a Tuesday special primary election to replace former U.S. Rep. David Wu, who resigned following a sex scandal,” Cooper reports. “A handful will mark their ballots not with a pen but with the tip of their finger.”

Cooper reports, “Using the iPad, disabled voters can call up the right ballot and tap the screen to pick a candidate, with or without the help of election workers. The voters then print the completed ballot and stuff it in an envelope to sign, take with them and drop in the mail or an official ballot box. Voters with poor vision can adjust the font size and screen colors, or they can have the iPad read them the candidates’ names and even the voter pamphlet.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Ellis D.,” “Dan K.,” and “DMac” for the heads up.]


  1. I’m an Oregon resident. The present vote-by-mail system is a recipe for voter fraud. It would be very easy to simply buy paper ballots from registered voters, mark them in bulk, and mail them in. From past experience in local politics, I know this has been done in other states with absentee ballots.

    The sooner we institute electronic voting for everyone the better. Electronic voting with verification after the fact available to individual voters through a web page and an anonymous verification code, where they can see their ballot as recorded, will go a long way toward removing any doubts about Oregon’s voting system.

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