Monday, January 30, 2023


Massachusetts could restrict police use of facial recognition technology, Wyoming mulls more health coverage for workers, and a report finds low salary contributes to social workers leaving the field.


Civil rights activists push for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act following the killing of Tyre Nichols, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy says he can reach a deal with President Biden on the debt ceiling, and election experts say 2023 could shape voting rights across the country.


"Brain Gain?" Research shows rural population is actually growing, especially in recreational areas; other small towns are having success offering relocation incentives like free building lots, cash, complimentary dinners and even internet credits; and researchers say the key is flexibility and creativity.

'One4All' Accessible Voting in NH Expected to Grow


Friday, November 4, 2022   

All polling places are required to have at least one accessible voting machine for federal elections, but as communities across New Hampshire age, reliance on what's known as "One4All" technology is expected to grow.

The number of people age 65 and older in New Hampshire is forecast to double in the next two decades, meaning large numbers of likely voters with vision challenges will need accessible voting technology.

Randy Pierce, president and chief executive of Future In Sight, formerly the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, said state officials are equired to offer poll workers training to use the One4All system, but it isn't required that they take it. Pierce said he thinks that's a disservice to the voters who need it.

"Until we make it run smooth and seamless," he said, "that's going to encourage some people not to go and subject themselves to that experience."

Pierce said his organization has asked New Hampshire's gubernatorial candidates to cast their ballots using the accessible system on Election Day, but no one has yet committed to the challenge.

More than 80% of people who are blind in the United States are unemployed at a time when high inflation is making it difficult to survive. Health care and access to transportation, especially in rural New Hampshire, also are issues that Pierce said motivate people who are visually impaired to vote. He said one way to help these voters is for others to use the One4All system themselves - to not only raise awareness, but to help the next voter in line who might need it.

"That means by the time the person who is sight challenged, who is already dealing with some challenges arrives - it's working," he said.

Future In Sight has created online tutorials for using the machines, and voters still have the option to ask a poll worker for help. Prior to 2002, most voters who were visually impaired were forced to do just that - and trust that person to mark their ballot as requested. The Help America Vote Act required that accessible voting machines be made available, ensuring everyone can vote privately and independently.

get more stories like this via email
Facial-recognition technology companies, which originally partnered with law enforcement, are now working with schools and universities to increase safety and prevent shootings by denying campus access to people who have been banned, or to monitor activity inside school buildings. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Lawmakers in the Commonwealth are considering legislation to ensure police use of facial-recognition technology also protects people's privacy and civ…


Next week, Ohio farmers and their advocates head to Washington, D.C., to push for shifting federal programs toward growing nutritious food, as …

Social Issues

Social justice advocates have just launched a new public education campaign. It's called "Just Safe," and it's aimed at changing the conversation …

Since the beginning of 2022, seven Western states have initiated programs to maintain wildlife habitat and safe passage, through fencing, signs, overpasses and underpasses, according to Pew research. (TaborChichakly/Adobe Stock)


Reducing the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions is the goal of a bill before the New Mexico Legislature this session. Sen. Mimi Stewart, D-…

Social Issues

A Nevada nonprofit is celebrating a 94% graduation rate among its high school seniors for the 2021-2022 school year. Tami Hance-Lehr. CEO and state …

Super Bowl LVII will be held at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Feb. 12. (Katherine Welles/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Super Bowl LVII is right around the corner, which means Arizona will see hefty spending and wide exposure because of the massive sporting event…

Health and Wellness

It is not a pandemic yet, but eye doctors worry the constant use of digital devices could eventually result in long-term health problems for many …


Maine's small farmers are encouraged to complete the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture census to ensure they have a voice in federal decisions …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021