There are 2 pieces of voting equipment that voters may see at their poll or during Early Voting: the ExpressVote and the Ds200 Tabulator. Both are manufactured by Election Systems & Software (ES&S).
The ES&S ExpressVote machine is designed to mark a ballot by using a touchscreen. A voter inserts an ExpressVote ballot into the machine, touches the screen to make their candidate selections, and then touches the Print button to print their selections onto the ballot. The ExpressVote only PRINTS a voter’s ballot… it does not CAST the votes or transmit any vote totals. A person’s votes only get cast and counted when the ballot is inserted into the 2nd piece of equipment, the DS200 Tabulator.
The ExpressVote is an ADA compliant device. It is designed to allow all voters,
including those who are visually or physically challenged, to vote unassisted. Ballot choices and instructions are displayed in large print on the touch screen and are read out loud using the audio system. Voters enter their selections by touching choices on the screen, pressing keys on the Braille keypad, or using a personal ADA device (such as a sip-n-puff or foot pedal).
Some additional features include: adjustable Audio volume, headphones and rocker-panel provided by election officials, screen adjustments for privacy, Zoom Mode which enlarges the screen text, and High Contrast Mode that can assist voters who are visually impaired.
The DS200 Tabulator is designed to tabulate the elections results. After a voter marks their ballot, they insert the ballot into the DS200 for their votes to get counted. At the end of Election Day, this equipment tabulates all of the vote totals for a particular poll, and the vote results get reported back to the main counting office.
The DS200 Tabulator accepts 2 types of ballots: optical scan paper ballots and ballot cards from the ExpressVote unit. If using an optical scan paper ballot, the voter marks the ballot by filling in ovals next to his/her choices, and then inserts the ballot into the DS200 Tabulator. See Optical Scan Voting Instructions for further details. Regardless of which type of ballot a voter uses, a person’s votes only get counted when their ballot is inserted into the DS200 Tabulator.
Board of Elections staff will be happy to demonstrate all equipment in the office. If you would like a demonstration or have questions about the Election Equipment used, please contact us at your earliest convenience.