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Disabled Voting to be Made Easier with New Machines

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine is using its primary elections Tuesday to debut new voting machines designed to aid people with disabilities.

 The ExpressVote system is designed to make it easier to vote by offering both a visual and audio ballot. Voters can cast their tallies via touch screen or with a controller with Braille labels, unique shapes and colored buttons. The system will be available at all voting places.

 Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says the goal is for all Mainers to be able to vote without assistance, ensuring the right to a secret ballot.

 He says it's a big improvement over the old system that allowed voters with disabilities to listen to an audio ballot and select the choices by pressing a button.