Maine voters who can’t fill out paper ballot have new option

People with a disability that prevents them from filling out a paper ballot have a new online service in Maine.The “Accessible Absentee Ballot” option became available Friday on the secretary of state’s website. It is intended for voters with print disabilities, which may include vision impairment, physical dexterity limitations or cognitive impairment, which prevent an individual from independently marking a paper ballot.“This gives them the option to do that privately from home and vote their absentee ballot using the screen-reader technology they already use every day,” Maine Secretary of State’s Office Communications Director Kristen Muszynski said.Muszynski said the program is safe, secure and tightly monitored and processed by staffers at the election’s division.“These are accessible PDFs, but they are also secure. There is a process for locking it and signing it electronically and then sending securely via email,” Muszynski said.The agreement to create the program was developed after a lawsuit brought by several plaintiffs including Disability Rights Maine.The Associated Press contributed to this report.

People with a disability that prevents them from filling out a paper ballot have a new online service in Maine.

The “Accessible Absentee Ballot” option became available Friday on the secretary of state’s website.

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It is intended for voters with print disabilities, which may include vision impairment, physical dexterity limitations or cognitive impairment, which prevent an individual from independently marking a paper ballot.

“This gives them the option to do that privately from home and vote their absentee ballot using the screen-reader technology they already use every day,” Maine Secretary of State’s Office Communications Director Kristen Muszynski said.

Muszynski said the program is safe, secure and tightly monitored and processed by staffers at the election’s division.

“These are accessible PDFs, but they are also secure. There is a process for locking it and signing it electronically and then sending securely via email,” Muszynski said.

The agreement to create the program was developed after a lawsuit brought by several plaintiffs including Disability Rights Maine.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.