Oregon goes statewide with iPad voting



SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is taking its experiment with iPad voting to the whole state.

Secretary of State Kate Brown’s office said Thursday that all 36 counties will have at least one iPad and printer to help disabled voters mark a ballot in next week’s primary.

Officials say nearly 200 voters used an iPad to mark ballots in a pilot project limited to a five-county special election. The tablets are supposed to make it easier for voters to mark their ballot privately if they can’t use the traditional pen and paper.

The iPad’s accessibility features allow voters to use external accessories or other customizations to fit their needs. Voters with vision impairments, for example, can adjust the font size and color, or they can plug in headphones to hear the ballot read aloud.