Accessible Voting

The State of Maine is committed to ensuring equal access to elections for all citizens. The Secretary of State has implemented an initiative to provide an Accessible Voting System (AVS) at each of Maine?s voting places, in accordance with the requirements of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002. We are also working with municipalities on an on-going basis to improve voting place accessibility.

Accessible Voting System (AVS)

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The State of Maine provides the ExpressVote universal voting system as its Accessible Voting System. The ExpressVote is a ballot-marking device that allows individuals with disabilities to vote with privacy and independence.

Using this tabletop unit, voters can navigate through their ballot using a touchscreen, or a keypad and audio interface. The ExpressVote generates a printed ballot with the voter?s choices. Ballot scanners, which are in use in most of Maine?s voting places, can then count the ExpressVote ballot along with the other ballots, which helps to improve voter privacy.

The ExpressVote unit is not connected to a network and does not track or store voter choices. It is certified by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

The State of Maine began offering an accessible voting solution in 2006, with the Inspire Vote-By-Phone ballot-marking system. The ExpressVote ballot-marking devices replaced the phone system in June 2016.

Voting Place Accessibility

Since 2006, the Secretary of State has worked with municipalities to enhance the physical accessibility of voting places as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). The links below will provide additional information and resources to assist municipal officials in achieving compliance with physical accessibility requirements.

Ensuring Accessibility:

Goals and Solutions for Improving the Accessibility of Maine’s Voting Places
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Temporary Accessibility Solutions
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International Symbol for Accessibility
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For additional information, please visit these websites:

ADA Checklist for Polling Places

ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG)

U.S. Department of Justice ADA Standards for Accessible Design