But some disabled advocates say the new Auto-MARK machines still aren’t good enough. California Foundation for Independent Living Center director Patricia Yeager says people with manual dexterity issues will have problems.
"If you can’t handle a ballot, if you don’t have the hand dexterity to actually pick up the ballot and put it in the machine. You will need someone to do that for you. That is not a private and independent vote."
Yeager says Direct Recording Election devices work for all disabled people. But the so-called DRE’s don’t comply with the state’s paper trail requirement.
Meantime, Sacramento County elections officials say the Auto-MARK machines meet the requirements set by the Help America Vote Act. The new terminals will be used at all 419 polling places throughout the county.