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Following test, iPads to return for Oregon 2012 elections

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November 30, 2011

By Bailey Ludlam

Oregon

SALEM, Oregon: After a short trial during a November 8 special election in 2011, the Oregon Secretary of State's office says that iPads will be back in 2012.[1]

Oregon became the first state to use iPads in the election process in 2011. The pilot program used the touch screen devices in five counties. It allowed for senior citizens and voters with disabilities to vote with the devices. The benefit being the ability to adjust the text size and color if necessary. Users were also able to select their candidate by either typing or filling in the bubbles with a pen.[2]

According to reports, other states have reached out to Oregon about the use of the iPads for voting. Such states include the State of Washington, Idaho, California, West Virginia and Johnson County, Kansas.[1]

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