'We messed up': Hanover man in viral video demonstrating George Floyd's death apologizes
SUBSCRIBE NOW
$3 for 3 months. Save 90%
SUBSCRIBE NOW
$3 for 3 months. Save 90%.

LETTER: Train poll workers to accommodate people with disabilities

Eric Orr
York City
Paula Sembach of Dauphin County is advised by Willie Wesley, Jr, director of business development for Election Systems and Software, while sampling a voting machine with her husband Fred, who is chief of staff to State Senator Mike Folmer Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. They were attending the New Voting Systems Expo hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of State at Dickinson College. Pennsylvania counties are preparing to replace voting machines after Gov. Tom Wolf in April mandated that voting machines used in the state have a verifiable paper trail. Bill Kalina photo

While the right to vote has been given to Americans regardless of race, religion, gender, status and a host of other labels, it is not a private and independent vote for all Americans.

While physical accessibility remains an issue at many polling places, that is not the biggest voting issue facing the community of persons with a disability. Training, or shall we say lack of training, given to poll workers for any type of accommodation is a big issue.

In 2019, all 67 counties in our state will be getting new updated voting machines. New machines mean better technology and accessibility and new training. Please, don’t disregard topics such as turning on audio features, changing the print size, locating jacks and connecting headphones, adjusting the height or keyboard/pad connectivity and use.

Let’s make 2019 the year of new modern voting, and change, “We want” to “We have” for Pennsylvanian voters with disabilities.

For more information on new machines or to register to vote, please contact your local board of elections. For assistance with registering to vote, please contact Center for Independent Living Opportunities at cilopprtunities.org or call 717-849-0991. Ask for Eric Orr or staff assigned to voter assistance issues.