Polling sites told to lift barriers

By Kay Nolan,  November 6, 2005

Howard Kaufman, a Milwaukee resident who has been blind since birth, is a regular voter at Townsend Elementary School, 3360 N. Sherman Blvd., but says he is denied the privacy most voters take for granted.

Like other blind voters, Kaufman, 51, is forced to publicly state his choices for candidates to a poll worker and then trust that his choices are accurately recorded.

“Technically, two workers, one from each party, are supposed to assist you in voting,” he said. “Now you have given your privacy away to three people. You hope that your vote was recorded according to your wishes. You hope, but you have no way of absolutely knowing for sure. At least in the old days with the big machines and curtains, you and a poll worker could be slightly alone.”