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Blind citizens in Michigan will have the option to request an electronic ballot for the May 5 election.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced an agreement with the Michigan Affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind on Friday, allowing blind citizens to request accessible electronic ballots. The Bureau of Elections will allow blind citizens to receive a Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting (UOCAVA) ballot, which is normally reserved for overseas voters and members of the military.
Forms to request the ballot are available online. The Bureau will ensure the ballots will be completed by the blind voters independently using electronic screen reader software, according to a news release.