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      This press release is being shared as a courtesy to the Iowa Council of the United Blind.

      Press Release: Voting Isn't Just for Iowans Who Can See

      Des Moines, Oct. 19, 2016 -- Voting Is For Everyone, including Iowans with vision loss.  Through this project funded by a Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant, the Iowa Council of the United Blind (ICUB) is sharing tips and techniques with visually impaired citizens that will help them participate fully in this year's voting process.  "People with vision loss," Project Director Sandy Tigges said, "sometimes hesitate to vote because they don't know how they are going to register, get to the polls, or read the ballot when they get there."  Even the fully accessible voting machine, available at every polling place, does not always solve the problem.  As James Witte, a Waukee poll worker, said, "Blind voters often don't know the machine is available or have no experience using it." 

      The Voting Is for Everyone project is encouraging Iowans with vision loss to vote through presentations at blind organization and support-group meetings and through a clear, concise guide available in large print, audio, and electronic formats.  The guide covers such topics as blind-friendly methods for registering to vote, casting a ballot, and remedying any violation of voting rights.  It also includes sources of timely information about candidates and issues that can be accessed no matter how much vision the voter has. 

      Download the Voting is for Everyone guide (Word doc).

      Braille copies are available at the Iowa Department for the Blind.

      ICUB is a nonpartisan consumer organization of Iowans who are blind or visually impaired.  For more information about ICUB or this project, please contact Project Director Sandy Tigges at tigges@dwx.com or ICUB President Carrie Chapman at c.chapman657@yahoo.com.