Originally published in Compass, October 11, 2012
Federal law mandates each state to provide a voting system that allows people with disabilities to vote without assistance. Every polling station will have an Accessible Voting System (AVS). Maine’s AVS allows voters to listen to the ballot via telephone and make choices by using a telephone keypad or large button switch. Your choices will then be printed, folded in half and put with all the other ballots.
If you are interested in the AVS, you can practice using it before election day. You can contact your municipal clerk to get a ballot code, or visit maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/hava/practice.html.
Once you have a ballot code, you can preview your ballot and practice voting with the AVS by calling 866-491-8683.