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Lawmakers addressing voter rights at capitol

Posted at 5:41 PM, Apr 01, 2019

COLORADO- Ahead of the Colorado Springs’ municipal elections, there’s work being done at the state capitol that could have an impact on our future elections.

One bill, is hoping to make independent voting more accessible for visually impaired and blind voters.

It would require the Secretary of State’s office to put procedures in place, to allow voters who can’t fill out their ballots on their own, access to technologies.

“The problem comes up when you get a mailed ballot and you’re blind, or low vision, the thing we’re trying to not have happen is to have a family member read it to you and mark your ballot,” said Patricia Yeager, CEO of The Independence Center in Colorado Springs.

For some voters, getting the chance to have their information and vote private is a big deal.

That’s the case for city councilwoman Yolanda Avila.

“It’s not like we need something extra, we just need to be at the same level that everybody is,” said Avila.

In the current municipal election, voters have the option to visit an accessible voting booth to cast their votes.

So far in this election, three voters have stopped by the booth at the citizens administration building to do so.

“It feels like the “all american thing” to do, is to be able to vote on your own,” said Avila.