In all Rhode Island elections, every polling place is equipped with a device called the AutoMARK. This device is designed to assist voters with disabilities to independently mark their ballot.
It can be especially beneficial to voters who are blind or have motor disabilities which make it difficult to mark a ballot with a marking pen.
The AutoMARK features include:
- Adjustable LCD Touch Screen;
- Rubber-textured directional hardware arrows and buttons with Braille text;
- Audio jack with headphones for audio ballot;
- ADA dual switch access (DSA) port;
- High contrast mode;
- Screen privacy mode.
The AutoMARK is available for use by all voters at the polling place. Any voter who needs assistance with the AutoMARK should request assistance from the Warden/Moderator.
If the AutoMARK is unavailable due to technical difficulties, the voter may wait for the device to be repaired or request assistance from a bipartisan pair of Supervisors or a person of their choice.
Basic instructions for using the AutoMARK:
- Slowly insert the ballot into the reader slot. The AutoMARK will scan the ballot;
- An instruction screen will appear onscreen and will be played through the headphones;
- Press the flashing Right Arrow onscreen or the right hardware arrow to view choices on the ballot;
- Make selections using either the touch screen or hardware arrows;
- Continue to press the Right Arrow onscreen or right hardware key to move through the ballot;
- At the summary screen, make any changes by selecting the appropriate race or question;
- Press the Right Arrow on screen to move to the Mark Ballot screen;
- Press the Mark Ballot button onscreen or press the Select center hardware button;
- The AutoMARK will mark the ballot and return it to the voter;
- The voter may reinsert the ballot to confirm the selections onscreen and through the headphones;
- The voter must insert the ballot into the precinct's optical scan counter (Eagle) to be counted.
Any voter who is denied use of the AutoMARK to vote should file a complaint immediately with the Board of Elections at (401) 222-2345 or via e-mail.