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AutoMARK Voting Machines Available For
Individuals With Visual & Mobility Impairments

HELENA, MT – Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch says that every polling place and county election office in Montana will be equipped with an AutoMARK voting machine to assist individuals with visual or mobility impairments on Election Day.

The AutoMARK does not save votes, or count votes. It marks and prints ballots in a manner undistinguishable from any other ballot.
The AutoMARK does not save votes, or count votes. It marks and prints ballots in a manner undistinguishable from any other ballot.

Voters may choose to use the ballot-marking technology to privately vote their ballot, or designate an agent to assist them with the voting process. Voters may also choose to have someone accompany them into a voting booth to help them mark a ballot, after obtaining permission from the election judge.

“I am committed to ensuring that every voter has equal opportunity to vote securely and independently,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Every polling place and county election office has accessible equipment to assist voters who would otherwise experience difficulty or be unable to privately mark a ballot.”

“The AutoMARK does not save votes or count votes,” McCulloch explained. “It is a ballot marking machine that prints your ballot in a manner that makes it undistinguishable from any other ballot.”

Every AutoMARK machine includes the following features:

  • Touch screen
  • Braille markings
  • Keypads with raised buttons
  • Headphones to listen to the ballot choices
  • Sip and puff personal device connections
  • Visual and audio vote confirmations

Step-by-step instructions for using an AutoMARK are available on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov. Additional voter tools available on the site include:

  • My Voter Page:  Confirm your voter registration, find the location of your polling place, and view a precinct-specific sample ballot for the 2012 Primary Election.
  • Digital “I Voted” Sticker:  Share your voting pride! Download a digital “I Voted” sticker for your Facebook, Twitter, or blog.
  • Candidate List:  Access the current list of candidates for the 2012 Primary Election.
  • Election Results:  County and precinct-specific election results beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.