Government Technology

Montana Secretary of State Opposes Move to Local Authority Over Accessible Voting



January 16, 2009 By

"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.

McCulloch said she understands that providing accessible voting equipment for every election puts a burden on local elections officials, and that her opposition to the proposal in no way suggests that current elections administrators are not adequately performing their duties.

"I am committed to working with counties and election administrators to find a solution to the issues associated with making automarks available for all elections," said McCulloch. "My intention here today is not to criticize the efficient work that they do, but to point out that we are all charged with upholding the democratic process in Montana."

McCulloch said the state should be assisting in the funding of elections across Montana, because the lack of local election funding makes it difficult to provide accessible voting equipment at all locations. She said everyone benefits from well-run elections.


| More

Comments

Add Your Comment

You are solely responsible for the content of your comments. We reserve the right to remove comments that are considered profane, vulgar, obscene, factually inaccurate, off-topic, or considered a personal attack.

In Our Library

White Papers | Exclusives Reports | Webinar Archives | Best Practices and Case Studies
Redefining Citizen Engagement in a Mobile-First World
Today’s consumers are embracing the ease and convenience of anytime, anywhere access to the Internet from their mobile devices. In order for government and public sector organizations to fully engage with their citizens and provide similar service quality as their consumer counterparts, the time is now to shift to mobile citizen engagement. Learn more
McAfee Enterprise Security Manager and Threat Intelligence Exchange
As a part of the Intel® Security product offering, McAfee® Enterprise Security Manager and McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange work together to provide organizations with exactly what they need to fight advanced threats. You get the situational awareness, actionable intelligence, and instantaneous speed to immediately identify, respond to, and proactively neutralize threats in just milliseconds.
Better security. Better government.
Powering security at all levels of government with simpler, more connected IT.
View All

Featured Papers