Accessible Voting Machines in Place for Voters With Disabilities for State Election

Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin said today there will be voting machines accessible for voters with disabilities in 28 Massachusetts communities, including the Commonwealth’s three largest cities, on Election Day, November 7.

In several municipalities throughout the Commonwealth, additional accessible voting equipment will be available during the November 7, 2006 State Election for voters with disabilities as well as any other voter who chooses to use it. This equipment will not replace existing voting equipment used by the municipalities but will supplement it. Each voting system will provide a voter verifiable paper trail.

“This is a major step toward ensuring that voters with disabilities can, for the first time, cast their ballots without the assistance of another person, giving them the independence and privacy in voting that we often take for granted,” Secretary Galvin said. “We are continuing to field test three machines to make sure that what Massachusetts adopts to meet the Help America Vote Act requirement is the most accessible, secure and reliable machine available.”

Given the importance of procuring the most appropriate voting system accessible for voters with disabilities and the considerable amount of state and federal funds to be expended, Secretary Galvin believes further field testing is necessary before a final selection is made. All the equipment being field tested is in compliance with both state and federal law.

Additionally, Secretary Galvin engaged the services of a voting systems expert, Dr. Michael Shamos of Carnegie Mellon University to examine the security aspects of the accessible equipment being used and Mr. Shamos concluded that all three systems are sufficiently secure for use.

Three types of voting machines that will be used are the AccuVote TSx with a voter verifiable paper audit trail, the AutoMARK voter assist terminal, and e-Slate with voter verifiable paper audit trail.

Boston will have accessible voting equipment in at least 75 polling places. The other communities will have an accessible voting machine in each of their polling places. Handicapped voters in more than 500 precincts will be able to take advantage of the new machines.

The AutoMARK machine will be at polling places in Boston, Brockton, Brookline, Cambridge, Chicopee, Fall River, Framingham, Lowell, Lynn, New Bedford, Newton, Quincy, Springfield, Waltham, and Worcester.

The AccuVote TSx machine will be at polling places in Amesbury, Ashburnham, Bedford, Georgetown, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-By-The-Sea, North Andover, Reading, Salisbury, Watertown, and Wenham.

The e-Slate machine will be used in Winthrop.

Massachusetts Accessible Equipment Locations 2006

City/Town

# Polling Places

# Precincts

Accessible Equipment

Voting Equipment

Amesbury

1

6

Accu-Vote TSx w/ VVPAT

Accu-Vote

Ashburnham

1

1

Accu-Vote TSx w/ VVPAT

Accu-Vote

Bedford

1

4

Accu-Vote TSx w/ VVPAT

Accu-Vote

BOSTON

171

254

AutoMARK

Accu-Vote

BROCKTON

26

28

AutoMARK

Accu-Vote

Brookline

15

16

AutoMARK

Accu-Vote

CAMBRIDGE

30

33

AutoMARK

Accu-Vote

CHICOPEE

14

22

AutoMARK

Optech Eagle

FALL RIVER

26

30

AutoMARK

Optech Eagle

Framingham

10

18

AutoMARK

Accu-Vote

Georgetown

1

2

Accu-Vote TSx w/ VVPAT

Accu-Vote

Hamilton

1

3

Accu-Vote TSx w/ VVPAT

Accu-Vote

Ipswich

1

4

Accu-Vote TSx w/ VVPAT

Accu-Vote

LOWELL

20

33

AutoMARK

Accu-Vote

LYNN

10

28

AutoMARK

Accu-Vote

Manchester-By-The-Sea

1

1

Accu-Vote TSx w/ VVPAT

Accu-Vote

NEW BEDFORD

30

42

AutoMARK

Optech Eagle

NEWTON

25

31

AutoMARK

Accu-Vote

North Andover

1

8

Accu-Vote TSx w/ VVPAT

Accu-Vote

QUINCY

24

30

AutoMARK

Optech Eagle

Reading

1

8

Accu-Vote TSx w/ VVPAT

Accu-Vote

Salisbury

1

2

Accu-Vote TSx w/ VVPAT

Accu-Vote

SPRINGFIELD

46

64

AutoMARK

Optech Eagle

WALTHAM

16

18

AutoMARK

Accu-Vote

Watertown

7

12

Accu-Vote TSx w/ VVPAT

Accu-Vote

Wenham

1

1

Accu-Vote TSx w/ VVPAT

Accu-Vote

Winthrop

3

6

e-Slate

Optech IIIP

WORCESTER

44

50

AutoMARK

Accu-Vote