Oregon became the first state to test the use of iPads to aid disabled voters last year. They ran the pilot of software developed by a company called Everyone Counts.
You can learn more about Oregon's test using iPads for disabled voters in the included video or in this article from the New York Times:
Oregon Tests iPads as Aid to Disabled Voters
The solution was developed by a company called
and marks the first test of its kind in the United States. As the video indicates, there are several important issues involved in testing this solution:
In times of budgetary constraints, is providing iPads a feasible solution?
How do we ensure a paper trail to defend the accuracy of votes?
How is the voting administered?
Although this solution looks very promising, how it scales will be an interesting challenge. Currently, staff need to administer the electronic ballot in person. What checks are put in place to make it absolutely certain that a voter is not pressured or tricked into voting a certain way? In the privacy of a home or car, pressure from an administrator to vote a certain way could be more easily transferred than in public places. Nonetheless, there is likely a way to combine solutions like this one with the right environment in order to achieve the same level of confidence that traditional voting facilitates.
Looking forward to seeing what new iterations will reveal.