Like many college students away from home, Melissa Carney considered casting an absentee ballot in 2016. Because she's blind, however, Carney would've needed help from a friend to fill out a paper ballot. So, she didn't vote.
This year is different. The Pennsylvania voter has access to an online ballot portal that works with her computer's screen-reading software. She can mark a digital ballot, print it and mail it to her local election office.
"I'm very excited to be able to vote privately and independently, and get in on that excitement that I missed in college," Carney said. Carney is so enthusiastic about the system that she consults for Democracy Live, the company that makes it.
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