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Georgia Voters May Participate in Two Research Studies

October 31, 2012

Paid Voterís Focus Group

The Georgia Tech Research Institute is currently conducting a study on utilizing the Apple iPad as an accessible voting technology. The purpose for this focus group is to gain a better understanding of this device's usability in relation to a visually impaired population and about peoplesí personal experiences related to voting. The focus group will last one and a half hour and will involve 7-10 participants who will be compensated $30 for their time. To qualify for the focus group, individuals must be 18 years of age or older, a minimum of legally blind (with correction) in both eyes, and must have at least one hour of total experience using an iPad within the last year. The focus group will be held on Wednesday, November 7th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at CVI, 739 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia. To sign up for the group please contact Andrew S. Baranak, Industrial Designer Research Scientist, at or call 404-407-6590.

Volunteers Sought for Study on Voting Accessibility

The Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) at Georgia Tech is conducting a study that is asking people with disabilities about those factors that help or make it difficult to participate in the voting process. The goal of this project is to improve the voting process (including the use of electronic voting machines) to make it easier for people with disabilities to vote.

The study will involve:
1) Observation during which a researcher will accompany you while you vote at your polling place on Election Day (Nov 6th, 2012) or during early voting.
2) An interview that will be scheduled at your convenience within 3 days after you vote.

Participants will be paid $25.00 for the observation and $25.00 for the interview. If you vote in Fulton, Cobb, DeKalb, or Clayton counties in Georgia and have one or more of the following disabilities: mobility, manipulation, low vision, blind, hearing, speech, and/or cognition, and are interested in participating in this study, please contact Dr. Fran Harris at for more information or you may call CATEA directly at 404-894-4960.

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