NM introduces online absentee ballots for blind, visually impaired voters


KOB.com Web Staff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico is leading the country when it comes to making absentee voting more accessible.

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced Saturday that blind or visually impaired voters can request an absentee ballot to be sent to them electronically so they can mark it themselves.

"We’re hoping about 500 blind and visually impaired voters will be able to make use of this technology that allows them to vote absentee from home, and without anyone else knowing how they marked a ballot," Toulouse Oliver said.

Maryland is currently the only other state with absentee ballots specifically for blind or visually impaired voters. The secretary of state’s office worked with the National Federation of the Blind New Mexico to make the initiative a reality.

You’ll be able to complete an absentee ballot online beginning April 30 by clicking here. Applicants will need their state ID, birth date and social security number.

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