Here in the U.S., we take private, independent voting for granted. But did you know that prior to 2002, when The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) became law, blind or visually impaired voters had to have a sighted person come into the booth with them and mark their ballot for them?
Today, polling places are required to have at least one accessible voting machine for visually impaired voters. Using these machines, blind or visually impaired voters can access an audio version or a touch screen version with adapted print.
Here’s a short NFB video about the blind voting experience, which explains why HAVA is so important.