What's New for the
2006 Election Season
Permanent Absentee Voting
Starting in 2006, you have the right to request that an absentee ballot be mailed to you for each election in which you are eligible to vote a ballot. You can specify on your absentee ballot application or on your absentee ballot materials that you would like absentee ballots mailed to you in future elections.
If you choose to be placed on the permanent absentee list, you have the responsibility to complete and return an address confirmation form sent out before each election. If you do not complete and return this form to your county election administrator, you will not receive absentee ballots unless you later request them.
Voting Systems for People with Disabilities
Starting with the 2006 elections, all voters have the option to use voting equipment specially designed for those with visual or mobility impairments. These voting systems, known as AutoMARKs, were purchased by the Secretary of State's office using federal funding.
A person using the AutoMARK may make his or her choices by pressing on the touch screen or by using a keypad that has raised buttons in the shape of arrows for ease of use, and which also includes markings for people who are able to read Braille. Voters may also ask an election judge for headphones, which voters can use to hear a computer voice that will read the ballot to them. The AutoMARK will allow individuals to confirm their choices, will mark a ballot based on those choices, and lastly, will print a regular paper ballot for deposit in the ballot box.
No one is required to vote on the AutoMARK systems, and they will not tabulate any individual's votes.