Election notes: Early voting resumes Monday

Oklahoma election notes
Oklahoman Published: November 5, 2012
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Voters with disabilities have options

Ballot scanning machines used at precincts across the state have a device which includes headphones and interface console with uniquely shaped buttons and a select wheel to accommodate voters who have visual or physical disabilities. The devices are part of the state's new voting system, which was put in use earlier this year. The devices allow those with disabilities to vote privately and independently. Voters who cannot see or read the paper ballot may use the headphones to hear the entire ballot read aloud, state Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said. Voters with dexterity impairments may use adaptive devices, which feature puff-and- sip, buddy buttons or paddle controls, he said.

Voter identification required at polls

Election officials are reminding voters that Oklahoma has a proof of identity law, which requires voters to show voter identification. Voters may provide a valid, unexpired government issued photo identification, such as a driver's license, or show the voter identification card issued by the county election board. Voters without identification may sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot; election officials will check registration records and if the voter is found to be registered will include the vote in the final, official tally later in the week.

MICHAEL MCNUTT,

CAPITOL BUREAU