"One of my responsibilities as chief election official is to ensure that every voter at every election across the state has the opportunity to vote privately and independently," -- Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch (pictured)

Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch today urged lawmakers to ensure that polling places in Montana have accessible voting equipment for all elections. McCulloch says House Bill 16, which proposes to give elections administrators the authority to determine the use of automark voting machines for local mail-ballot elections, goes against her convictions.

"One of my responsibilities as chief election official is to ensure that every voter at every election across the state has the opportunity to vote privately and independently," said McCulloch. "The automark machines provide a way for Montanans with disabilities to vote with confidence."

The automark machine was introduced in Montana in 2006. The innovate technology was designed to help make voting more accessible to Montanans with special needs.

"Voting is a fundamental right, and Montanans with disabilities are entitled to participate in every election," said McCulloch.


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