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Maine: Department of Justice Announces Agreement On State's HAVA Compliance PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Warren Stewart, VoteTrustUSA   
August 02, 2006

Maine Third State To Be Sued For Failure To Meet HAVA Deadlines

The Justice Department announced last week that it has reached an agreement with Maine officials that will help to ensure full access to voting for Maine's citizens with disabilities and to protect the accuracy and integrity of Maine's statewide voter registration list in accordance with the provisions of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).

 

The agreement, which must be approved by the federal district court in Maine, requires the state to provide each polling place with a voting system that is fully accessible to individuals with disabilities. The agreement also requires the state to develop a centralized statewide database and to begin conducting a program of list maintenance.

To meet HAVA’s Accessible Voting Solution requirement, the State of Maine recently selected the IVS Vote-By-Phone System to help individuals with disabilities vote with privacy and independence. The same system has been adopted in Vermont, New Hampshire, and some counties in Oregon and Oklahoma.

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Maine Chooses IVS Vote-By-Phone PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Secretary of State Press Release   
July 19, 2006

Equipment to Enable Individuals with Disabilities to Vote with Independence and Privacy

 

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced on Wednesday that accessible voting equipment has been selected for purchase this year to enable individuals with disabilities to vote with privacy and independence—a first ever opportunity for many.

 

“This November’s election will represent the first time individuals with a variety of disabilities will be able to mark a ballot without meaningful help from another individual.  In the past, the choices made by a voter in this situation were often known to the person providing assistance. This will be an important and historic election—a substantial step forward in terms of voting privacy and independence,” Dunlap added.

 

Secretary Dunlap announced that the Inspire Vote-By-Phone system, produced by IVS, LLC of Kentucky, has been selected following an extensive review process that involved a broad range of interested individuals and organizations—including individuals with disabilities and local election officials.

 

“Many individuals have participated in this effort to select an accessible voting solution that will best meet the needs of Maine voters. The information, insights and feedback they provided has been invaluable. Their time and commitment to this process is appreciated a great deal,” Dunlap commented.

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Maine: Another Statewide Voter Registration Database Contract Bites The Dust PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Warren Stewart, VoteTrustUSA   
February 24, 2006

That Maine has missed its Jan. 1 completion deadline for complying with the requirements of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) is hardly news – plenty of states are farther behind than Maine. And the state has its voting equipment upgrades in line. However, creating a statewide voter registration in Maine has proven to be a challenge too great for Covansys, the Michigan-based company that was awarded a $4.5 million contract a year ago.

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap (pictured at right) announced on Wednesday that the state was terminating it contract with Covansys noting "it wasn't working out and we just weren't getting where we wanted to be in terms of the quality of the information we were getting out of the system. We had schedule problems right from the start on their part."

 

While most states have the task of collating lists that are currently maintained by counties, Maine’s voter registration has been maintained at a more local level requiring that as many as 503 distinct town and district list, which have developed with no uniform guidelines, have to be integrated – a formidable task.

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Maine: Bill Would Restore Clean Election Fund PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Susan Cover, Staff Writer, Portland Press Herald   
January 25, 2006
Rep. Earle McCormick (R-West Gardiner) used the state's public funding system to pay for his last two campaigns. And he plans to do it again.

 

But there may not be enough money to pay for all the candidates who want to use the system if the state doesn't restore at least $2 million, supporters of the system said Monday.

Since 2001, the Legislature has taken $6.7 million out of the fund to fill gaps in the budget, but it has given back only $2.4 million.


"We would like to see this go back to what was designed," said Alison Smith of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, "so that candidates can be sure this is a system that will be there not just today, not just this year, but in future years."

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