State Politics

Accessible voting machines on display at Capitol Friday

Friday’s “Hands Around the Capitol” event, celebrating the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, will include a daylong demonstration of accessible voting devices on the second floor of the Capitol rotunda.

Friday’s demonstration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will give the public an opportunity to try out five devices and give their comments.

Accessible voting devices are required by law in all polling places for federal elections. Such a device marks a ballot for voters who may have difficulty seeing or marking a ballot themselves. They may be used by any voter. Voting systems must be certified by the secretary of state before they can be used in Idaho elections.

The ADA guarantees access to polling places and other public facilities for people with disabilities. Participants in Friday’s event will join hands to circle the Capitol. Opening ceremonies are at 11 a.m. in Capitol Park. Escorted tours of the Capitol will be held at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.