H.P. 711 - L.D. 1026
An Act To Provide Uniform Voter Verification and Recount Requirements for Voting Machines
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 Except for accessible voting equipment that must be provided by 2006 in compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 as provided in section 812-A, subsection 1, 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 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.
Effective September 17, 2005.
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