| A key benefit of the Hart Voting System is
the Disabled Access Unit, designed as a fully integrated feature of the
system. When a voter with
disabilities, or for that matter a voter who cannot read English or Spanish
fluently, comes to the polls, they are directed to a device that is that same
as the others – a fact that is important to many people with disabilities -
but the DAU includes headphones and an audio ballot reader that will read the
ballot and audibly confirm choices.
| The system also includes special
components that support those with mobility impairments, including jelly
switches that can be used as an alternate method of navigating the ballot and
casting votes. The system can even
accommodate breath control devices – sometimes called “sip-and-puff” --- that
allow the most seriously mobility impaired to cast votes independently.
| Each component of the system has battery
back up that will last 18 hours should the A/C power supply be
interrupted. The batteries also enable
the system to be carried outside for curbside voting.