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When Bethel residents went to their voting place Tuesday, there was a new computer in place for people with sight impairment.  The state is rolling out the Accessible Voting System for people who have difficulty filling in the ovals on the ballot. 


The system involves headphones to hear the ballot questions, a keypad to select responses and a touch screen tablet to send the responses to a printer which marks the ballot.  The paper ballot is then placed by the voter into the tabulator, just like all other ballots.  


There are no electronic ballots, and there is no electronic record of who used the system and how they voted.  Registrar Tim Beeble explained in a written statement that the tablet system is not linked to the internet. 


The vote data is not recorded or stored on the tablet.


(Photo: Bethel Registrar's Office, Facebook)



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