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The Engineer Who Made Voting Possible for All

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Mar 8, 2016 10:10 pm
  • 29:37

Guest: Juan Gilbert, PhD, Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida  For most Americans in an election year, the primary barrier to casting a vote is mustering the motivation to get out and do it. Typically little more than half of people eligible to vote in the US, do it in a presidential election. People with disabilities are even less likely to vote, because the barriers they face go beyond self-motivation. For a person with limited sight or hearing or use of their arms, the act of voting itself can be intimidating – and even humiliating.