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Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

 
Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA 812, sub-10, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 651, 7, is
amended to read:

 
10. Paper audit trail. Unless excluded pursuant to section
812-A, subsection 1, it It must produce or employ permanent paper
records of the votes cast that are able to be verified by
individual voters before their votes are cast and that provide a
manual audit capacity for the machine. In the case of direct
recording electronic voting machines, those records must also
identify the individual machines that produced them without
revealing the identities of the voters who cast the ballots. In
all cases, these records must be reviewed in the event of a
recount and considered in conjunction with the machine-produced
tally.

 
Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA 812-A, sub-1, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 651, 8,
is amended to read:

 
1. Accessible voting equipment at each polling place. The
Secretary of State, in compliance with the voting accessibility
requirements of the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002, shall
provide one direct recording electronic voting machine, or other
voting system equipped for individuals with disabilities, for use
at each polling place used in the conduct of state elections.
Such machines must produce permanent paper records that provide a
manual audit capacity for the machines and must also provide
voters with audio functions that enable the voters to verify
their ballots aurally before the votes are cast, and all such
machines are exempt from subject to the requirements of section
812, subsection 10.

 
Additional accessible voting machines may be used in the conduct
of state elections, but those machines must meet the requirements
set forth in section 812.

 
SUMMARY

 
Current law requires the Secretary of State to provide voting
machines equipped for individuals with disabilities, such as
direct recording electronic voting machines. These machines are
exempt from the requirement placed on other voting machines that
they produce a paper record that allows a voter to verify a vote
before it is cast.

 
This bill removes that exemption, thus requiring the
accessible voting equipment to produce a paper audit trail.


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