THURSTON COUNTY: Vote-mark machine ready through Nov. 2

A machine designed to aid voters who are visually impaired or need assistance marking their ballots will soon be available at the Intercity bus depot in downtown Olympia.

The AutoMARK voting machine will be at the depot from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 29 and from noon-4 p.m. Oct. 30, according to a county news release.

The machine can read ballots, magnify print and mark the ballot for the voter, according to the county. It also allows voters to independently mark their ballot and also check it for accuracy. Voters must bring their ballots.

The machine is available at the County Auditor’s Office from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 2, Election Day. The Auditor’s Office is at 2000 Lakeridge Drive S.W. in Olympia.

Voters who do not have transportation to the office or the depot can call the Auditor’s Office at 360-786-5408 to have the machine brought to their home.