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Privacy for disabled voters

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Iowa's disabled voters will be able to cast their ballot with more privacy thanks to a machine designed to make the process easier.

The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council says every polling place has an Automark machine.  Now, there are people trained in using it.

The machine is designed to assist people with visual or physical impairments to vote independently. In the past, some voters have needed assistance to cast their votes. The device allows the voter several different options, then the device marks the ballot with the voter's selections.

The 2008 elections were the first year that these devices were used, but they were unfamiliar to users and election officials.

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