“Before I had to take someone with me to vote,” Mike Dunn, NewView Oklahoma employee, said. “Now there’s more independence with this machine. I’m excited to use it.”
“NewView Oklahoma’s mission is to empower blind and visually impaired Oklahomans to live independently,” said Lauren Branch, president and CEO of NewView Oklahoma. “Giving disabled citizens the opportunity to vote without assistance tells them that they are an equal and vital part of the community.
“We are thrilled that the State Election Board demonstrated these new features for our employees,” Branch said, “and we timed the demonstration so that our blind and visually impaired veterans could also participate. This year, perhaps for the first time in many years, those veterans will be able to independently exercise one of the basic rights they fought to protect.”
NewView Oklahoma — formerly Oklahoma League for the Blind — is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1949 with a mission to empower people who are blind and visually impaired to achieve the maximum level of independence through employment, rehabilitation and community outreach.