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Maine: DOJ announces HAVA settlement with Maine

From a Justice Department press release on Friday: The Justice Department today announced 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 of 2002 (HAVA) and the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).

"I commend Attorney General Rowe and Secretary of State Dunlap for their willingness to protect the integrity of the voting process without delay and to ensure that individuals with disabilities have the same opportunity to cast a ballot privately and independently as other voters," said Wan J. Kim, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. "These reforms should give all eligible voters in Maine greater confidence in the state's elections."

The agreement sets forth the state's plan for ensuring that each polling place has a voting system that is fully accessible to individuals with disabilities and can generate a permanent paper record that can be manually audited. The agreement also sets forth the state's plan for creating a statewide computerized voter registration database that will help to identify and remove ineligible voters from the state's voter rolls. A lawsuit, filed contemporaneously with the agreement, followed a Justice Department investigation that found that Maine had not yet fully complied with HAVA's requirements that each polling place have a voting system accessible to disabled voters, and that the state create a statewide computerized voter registration database. The Justice Department's investigation also found that Maine's voter rolls contained a significant number of ineligible voters. -- U.S. Newswire : Releases : "Justice Department Announces Agreement to Protect Voting Rights in Maine"

Hat tip: Electionline.org.

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