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November 11, 2011

Oregon Votes by IPad

Oregon is the first state to have tried voting by IPad for people with physical/mental challenges.  Voters who are physically/mentally challenged are selecting a candidate for an empty Congress seat.  For now, this is just a pilot program.
The IPad is being utilized for people who might have a hard time with the regular ballot.  People with physical/mental challenges selected their chosen candidate by touchscreen.  Then they print out the ballot and send it in by mail.  

“We attempted to use a handful of different types of devices, and this was the simplest, most accessible and convenient,” Secretary of State of Oregon Kate Brown told POLITICO.

Apple contributed five IPads for voting use.  The state of Oregon paid approximately $75,000 to make the software.  Some of the other gadgets tested were a laptop and an Android tablet.

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