MSU Researchers Invent Voting Tool

By: News 10
By: News 10

The voting joystick would make it easier for people with mobility issues to vote.

MGN Online

Researchers at Michigan State University have invented something that could have a big impact at the polls.

It's called a voting joystick. The device would make it easier for people with mobility issues to vote.

A student adviser with muscular dystrophy, who has voted absentee for years after a frustrating experience at the polls, says a device like this would make him feel more connected to the voting process.

"One of the highlights of being able to vote is being able to do it independently," Matthew Gerhardt is quoted as saying in a university press release. "When you vote absentee you almost feel detached. You don't have that same sense on Election Day of making a difference."

The joystick has already been tested successfully on MSU's campus. Researchers say feedback has been positive.

The only things standing in its way are approval from the federal government and a manufacturer interested in making it.

**Video provided by Michigan State University


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