Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

April 14, 2010

Assisting voters

Joyce Lignar tests one of the voting machines available to individuals who are hearing and visually impaired. Lignar encourages those who need assistance this election year to use one of these machines as they are equipped with earphones and controls to magnify the font. "Before, if you were hearing or visually impaired, you would have a judge (of the precinct) assist you," she said. "This machine allows voters with disabilities to feel independent without a judge going into the booth with them." A machine of this type will be provided at the Cumberland County Election Commission office starting today for early voting, which ends April 29, and at each precinct for the May 4 primary and the Aug. 5 county general and state primary election. If you require assistance, just let one of the machine operators know, said Administrator of Elections Sharon York.