Envision to sponsor clinic on using audio ballots

Envision is helping people who are blind or have low vision learn how to cast an audio ballot for the upcoming general election.

For the third time, Envision will sponsor an accessible voting clinic aimed at making people more comfortable voting with an audio ballot. The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the first floor at 610 N. Main in Wichita.

“The ability for a blind person to cast an independent, verifiable and private ballot is made possible with the use of the audible ballot. It gives us equality at the voting booth,” said Sanford Alexander, a rehabilitation teacher and consultant for Envision Vision Rehabilitation Center.

The workshop will give people a chance to try out the machines before the general election Nov. 6.

Every voting machine in Sedgwick County is equipped with an audio ballot, Envision said in a news release.

Envision worked with the Wichita Association for the Visually Handicapped to sponsor the first training session, a news release said. Before audio ballots, people with vision impairments relied on someone else to help them cast a ballot, the release said.

The workshop is free, and people can come and go throughout the day.