Ore. tries Windows tablets to help disabled voters

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A year after pioneering the use of iPads to help disabled voters mark ballots, Oregon election officials are now trying out competing tablets running Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system.

The Secretary of State's Office announced Monday that Samsung has loaned the state 10 tablets for the trial. State elections director Steve Trout says the Windows tablets have USB ports that can accommodate a wide array of accessibility tools like joysticks and sip-and-puff devices.

Trout says about 200 voters used an iPad during the May primary, and all 36 counties have at least one of the Apple tablets. Voters can use the tablet to enlarge the text or have the ballot read aloud. Completed ballots are printed and returned in an envelope like other ballots in Oregon's all-mail elections.

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