EAST LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan State University wants to make voting easier for people with disabilities.
A report done by the U.S. Government Accountability Office says most polling places have made progress improving accessibility. But nearly half still have a voting system that's hard for voters with disabilities to use.
So a team of faculty and engineering students created the 'smart voting joystick.' It's similar to the joystick used to control motorized wheelchairs.
"We were thinking about how can we make it easier for people in wheelchairs to vote. They have joysticks, by and large, to control the wheelchair. So could we look at a joystick design that would help people with mobility issues to vote," said researcher Sarah Swierenga.
Researchers say the voting joystick was successful in user testing. Its use at polling locations depends on federal approval and whether a manufacturer will make them.