1.Accessible voting system 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 accessible 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 must meet the requirements
of section 812, subsection 10 unless the Secretary of State is unable to procure machines
that the Secretary of State determines are adequate to meet the requirements of this
section and section 812 in time to comply with the Help America Vote Act of 2002.
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.
2007, c. 455, §52 (AMD)
2003, c. 651, §8 (NEW);
MRSA T. 21-A, §812-A, sub-§2 (RP)
3.Accessible feature for casting write-in vote.
As an accommodation for persons with disabilities, the audio ballot for the accessible
voting system under subsection 1 may be programmed to provide an aural presentation
of the names of any declared write-in candidates at the end of the list of candidates
whose names were listed on the printed ballot so that the voter may cast a vote for
a declared write-in candidate in the same manner as voting for a listed candidate.
If there is no declared write-in candidate for an office, the audio ballot may provide
aural instructions to that effect.
2009, c. 253, §53 (NEW)
2003, c. 651, §8 (NEW).
2005, c. 445, §2 (AMD).
2007, c. 455, §52 (AMD).
2009, c. 253, §53 (AMD).
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