SYRACUSE, N.Y (NCC NEWS) Thousand of Upstate New Yorkers flocked voting sites today as many officials are running for different offices.
Onondaga County has reported a major increase in registered voters this fall and many are wondering why 2019 is seeing such an increase.
With the changes in voter technology, people with disabilities are having a much easier time at voting sites. The increase in new technology has made voting more accessible and easier for people with various disabilities which could have an impact in the overall voting turnout today.
Tina Fitzgerald, a voting machine specialist at Cicero’s United Methodist Church said, “People who are blind or people who have an inability to read or maybe don’t have dexterity in their hands can use ballot marking devices and headphones to hear the ballot be read for them and all they have to do is push a button and it marks it appropriately for them.”
In the past, people with disabilities may have needed a assistant to come into the booth with them making their votes less confidential.
Fitzgerald also stated, ” My biggest problem is I always had to have someone come into the booth with me because I could not reach the lever at the top and that makes my vote not so private and just because you need some assistance we should do the best we can to keep a person’s vote private.”
According to Fitzgerald, the City of Syracuse is seeing a large increase in the number of voters with disabilities. Voting technology such as the ballot marking device, has shaped how people with disabilities can vote today.
Voting ends today at 9 p.m.