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Maryland Offers New Accessible Voting System for the Blind



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    Maryland will have a new accessible voting system for the blind this election. 

    Attorney General Brian Frosh is joining with officials from the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore on Tuesday to demonstrate the machines. 

    New ballot-marking devices will be available at early voting centers and polling places on Election Day. 

    They are compliant with the American with Disabilities Act. The devices let voters make selections using a keypad with Braille-embossed navigation buttons and an audio headset. Voters will also be able to enlarge text and change contrast on the screen. 

    Voters with physical limitations can use the ballot-marking device through an accessible port. 

    Early voting begins Thursday in Maryland.