Touch Screen Voting

During elections that have a federal race on the ballot, there will be a touch screen voting unit in each polling place. Touch screen voting is intended for the blind, disabled and voters with reading difficulties. Alaska's touch screen voting units allow disabled voters to vote unassisted through the use of a magnified, high contrast and audio ballot. If you need to vote using a touch screen unit, ask an election worker for this voting option.

In addition to English, the touch screen voting unit offers an audio interpretation of the ballot in the following languages:

  • Filipino and Spanish (certain communities along Aleutian chain)

  • Yup'ik (communities in Bethel, Dillingham and Kusilvak areas)

  • Inupiaq (communities in Nome, Northwest Arctic and North Slope Borough census areas)

  • Koyukon (communities in Yukon-Koyukuk census area)

  • Gwich'in (communities in Yukon-Kuskokwim census area)

When the voter casts an electronic ballot, there is a voter-verifiable paper trail produced by the touch screen unit. This paper print-out is secured behind a screen and allows the voter to verify the electronic ballot for accuracy. Click on the subjects below to learn more about the touch screen voting unit: