Secretary Markowitz will be convening a committee of town clerks, election workers and interested citizens to help Vermont prepare for implementation of the new law.
Among its provisions, the election reform law requires:
1. Statewide Voter Checklist. The law requires states to develop a computerized statewide voter checklist.
2. Access To Voters with Disabilities. At least one voting machine in each polling place that is accessible to voters with disabilities.
3. Proof of Identity. First time voters who registered by mail through motor voter must show proof of identity before their vote can be counted.
4. Multilingual Accessiblity. Voting systems must provide for multilingual accessibility.
5. Second Chance Voting. Voters must be given a chance to check errors before casting their ballots.
6. Provisional Ballots. Voters not on the checklist must be given an opportunity to cast a provisional ballot to ensure that no voter is turned away at the polls.
7. Drivers License Requirement For Registration. Individuals must include their drivers license number or the last four digits of their social security number on their voter registration form.
Markowitz said, "the law presents some implementation challenges for the State of Vermont - but with the help of our town clerks and the support of the Vermont legislature I feel confident we will be able to meet that challenge.