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City introduces hearing impaired voting equipment

The City’s Clerk’s Office in conjunction with Councilwoman Delicia Herrera, District 6, held a news conference today to introduce new equipment that will be used during early voting to assist the hearing impaired.

The video remote interpreting consoles by DeafLink allows hearing impaired voters to communicate with election officials. San Antonio is thought to be the first in the country to utilize this equipment during the early voting period. The five consoles will be located at the following polling sites:

• Henry A. Guerra, Jr. Library
• John Igo Library
• Julia Yates Semmes Library
• Lion’s Field
• McCreless Library

Currently, San Antonio has a deaf and hard of hearing population of approximately 115,000.

Early voting for the November 4 Joint General and Special Election will begin October 20 and run through October 31. As part of the November 4 election, San Antonio registered voters will have the option to extend City Council term limits to four two-year terms.