Disability Rights Maine will be hosting a voter education event in Brunswick, during which voters can try out the ExpressVote ballot marking devices, which are the new Accessible Voting System now in use throughout the State of Maine.

The event will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to noon; and 1-3 p.m. at Independence Association, 2 Columbus Drive.

The ExpressVote consists of a single unit with a video display screen and built-in ballot printer, with a controller attached. It is designed to accommodate any voter by offering both an audio and visual ballot, allowing a voter to make ballot selections by touching the screen or by using a controller that has uniquely shaped and colored buttons, with Braille labels. It also has the capability to accommodate various other assistive devices. When the voter is finished making the selections, the system prints a ballot marked with the voter’s choices.

Through its operation of multiple federal and state funded programs, Disability Rights Maine advocates for individuals with disabilities whose rights have been violated, who are at risk of abuse or neglect, or who have faced discrimination on the basis of their disability. DRM seeks redress where rights concerns arise related housing, education, physical access, rehabilitation, health care, community supports, and employment. DRM works toward public policy reform through training, outreach and systemic advocacy.

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